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Health Minute: National Immunization Month

By: Claude

August is National Immunization Month! With the Delta variant on the rise, it’s important to not only get your COVID-19 vaccine, but make sure you are up-to-date with your other vaccinations as well. Ogechi Anyaoku, MD, with Adventist HealthCare shares why you should get your vaccinations.

Why is it important to stay up-to-date with your vaccinations?

Vaccine-preventable diseases are still a threat. Getting vaccinated at the recommended time is the best way to protect yourself against those serious diseases. Being fully immunized can help prevent the spread of disease to those who are unable to be vaccinated such as:

· Infants or children who are too young for vaccinations

· Those with allergies

· Those with weakened immune systems

Can you get other vaccines along with the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes! Adults and children 12 years and older can get other vaccines at the same time as COVID-19 vaccinations. Data shows that the immune response and side effects are generally similar when vaccines are given together. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say it is important to catch up on any missed vaccinations if you or your child are behind. Talk with your doctor to see if you have any other vaccinations you need to catch up on to get them all done at once.

How can we protect ourselves against the Delta variant?

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 and other variants. To maximize protection and prevent possible spread, it is important to still wear your mask, social distance and wash your hands frequently. Since COVID-19 vaccines are not yet approved for children under 12, these practices are the best way to protect them as well.

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