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Veterans: Are Your Immunizations Current?

Thanks to vaccines, many diseases have been nearly eliminated.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Thursday, August 22, 2013

VA’s Office of Public Health reminds you that August is National Immunization Awareness Month. It’s very important to protect your health by keeping your immunizations current.

Lost track? Not sure which ones you need and what they do?

Then save this web address. It’s all the information you need about the different types of immunizations and who should get them. Here you’ll find important facts about:

  • Influenza
  • Pneumococcal
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Chickenpox
  • Shingles
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
  • Vaccines for international travelers

Protect yourself and others against seasonal flu and other diseases by getting immunized.

The Department of Health and Human Services has even created a website dedicated entirely to vaccines.

VA reminds Veterans and their families that you can help protect yourself and others against seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases by getting immunized. Consider your lifestyle and location when deciding whether to get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine yet for hepatitis C.

Something to consider before getting pregnant: many vaccines are beneficial for you and baby. Talk to your health care provider for help deciding which vaccines to get before, during and after pregnancy. Here are some guidelines to follow.

Vaccines are some of the safest medical products. But, like any other medical product, there may be risks. Talk to your health care provider about the value of vaccines and their side effects.

There is also a lot of great information and ways you can help spread the word on the CDC web site.