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Veterans: Schedule Immunizations Today!

A doctor applies a bandage to a man's arm after a vaccination

 

Here’s our annual reminder to do something that could save your life

This is important.

This is up there with getting a haircut, changing the oil in your car, and remembering your anniversary.

This is your reminder: are you up-to-date with all of your vaccines? Make sure you’re up to date with shots you need, and to schedule vaccinations you should get every year.

August is Immunization Awareness Month. So here we are, to raise your awareness of how vaccines protect your health and the health of your family and community.

The first thing you think of, naturally, is your flu shot. Here’s why that is so important. Call, schedule it, and put it on your calendar today.

Did you know:

  • All adults need a booster shot every 10 years to protect against tetanus and diphtheria.
  • People age 65 or older need a one-time shot to help prevent pneumonia.

Vaccines protect your health and the health of your family and community.

VA also has this helpful checklist of other vaccines to consider.

Vaccines against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are available and very important. Read more about how your lifestyle and location can help you decide to get these vaccinations.

The Centers for Disease Control has a great website that explains things like:

  • How vaccines prevent disease
  • 10 things you need to know about immunizations
  • Who should not get vaccinated with certain vaccines
  • What are some possible side effects?

Talk about vaccines with your health care provider today. Here’s a link to all VA Medical Center locations.