National Immunization Awareness Month: The Importance of Vaccinations for All Ages

Imagine what our world would look like without vaccines. In the last 50 years, vaccines have saved over one billion lives in the United States alone. In honor or National Immunization Awareness month, let’s take a look at the importance of vaccinations for all ages.

When the vast majorities are vaccinated, it can help eradicate preventable illnesses, debilitating diseases and put a stop to epidemics. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so we’re highlighting why it’s important for people of all ages to get vaccinated, and maintain their recommended immunization schedules.

Why should you get vaccinated?

There are a few important reasons why you and your family should receive their appropriate vaccinations. Vaccinations help you to…

  • Maintain your health – Reduce your risk of severe illnesses and diseases.
  • Keep others healthy – Eliminate the possibility of passing on infectious diseases to others.
  • Avoid hospital visits – Avoid the inconvenience and high costs of getting sick.

Getting immunized not only protects you from contracting serious or life-threatening diseases, but it protects other people who are not eligible for vaccinations as well. We need to protect those around us who are unable to get vaccinated due to illness, age (especially newborns and the elderly), pregnancy, or those who are at risk for an allergic reaction.

Vaccinations contribute to the extinction of serious diseases

According to the Centers for Disease Control, serious diseases and illnesses are rare, thanks to immunizations. However, if the number of people who get vaccinated each year is significantly reduced, we could see a resurgence of diseases that could devastate the U.S. population.

If you’re hesitant to get yourself or your family vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to visit your primary care doctor to get the facts you need so you can make an educated decision.

The team at Charles River Medical Associates offers leading-edge care across a wide variety of specialties at over 15 locations. We offer a number of testing and imaging services to efficiently diagnose conditions and get you back to living your life outside the doctor’s office. If you’d like information about the importance of vaccinations how we can help keep you and your family healthy, call (508) 848-2190 today.