Immunizations save 2 to 3 million lives each year. Life-saving vaccines can be given at any time during the year, but August is officially National Immunization Awareness Month. Annual check ups and back-to-school doctor visits are an ideal time to discuss recommended immunizations with your health care provider.
What are immunizations? Immunization is the process in which a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease like chicken pox or measles. Vaccines stimulate the body’s immune system to protect the person against possible infection or disease. A proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening, infectious diseases, immunization is estimated to avert 2 to 3 million deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Vaccines work and they aren’t just for kids. They are just as important for older adults.