National Immunization Awareness Month - Quality of Care
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National Immunization Awareness Month

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Quality of care for Veteran’s includes raising awareness around important health topics. By highlighting some of the national health awareness campaigns each month, Veterans can get ideas, information, and resources on a variety of health matters.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and we’re here to let you know about the importance of keeping up with your vaccinations.  By keeping up-to-date with your vaccinations you not only protect yourself and your loved ones, but the community as well.

Immunizations or vaccines are medical preparations given to individuals to help improve the body’s resistance to a particular disease. Getting vaccines will prevent outbreaks of many types of diseases and can also save lives.

Recommendations for getting vaccinated depend on your age, gender, health status, and family history.  Listed below are common illnesses that vaccines are available for.  Click on the links below to learn more about them from the Veterans Health Library.

Shingles
Influenza
• Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Chickenpox
• Measles, mumps, rubella

Tetanus, diphtheria
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
• Streptococcus pneumococcal pneumonia
Pertussis (whooping cough)
Overseas infections - vaccines for international travelers

    Did you know that...

    • VA reaches over 80% of Veterans over 65 with the flu vaccine
    • VA provides the pneumococcal vaccine to almost 95% of Veteran patients who should receive it
    • Vaccines are one of the safest medical interventions we have
    • People 6 months and older should receive a flu shot every year
    • People age 65 or older need a one-time shot to help prevent pneumonia
    • Once you get a vaccine it also protects others around you from getting that disease
    • All adults need a booster shot every 10 years to protect against tetanus and diphtheria
    • Vaccines eliminated smallpox and polio in the U.S.
    • Measles and other diseases have been significantly reduced in the U.S. because of Vaccines

    By educating ourselves and taking the proper precautions you and your loved ones can stay healthy and avoid these common illnesses.   If you have any questions or concerns about getting vaccinated, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.

    Below are resources that can help you and your family learn more about vaccines.

    Resources – (click links below to open in new tab)

    Adult Immunization Schedule - MyhealthyVet

    Vaccinations for Adults – Tip Sheet  - Immunization Action Coalition

    Vaccines and Immunization - VA