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Veterans: Keep Your Immunizations Up to Date

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Protect yourself and your family with immunizations

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Monday, August 4, 2014

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

If you are not sure which vaccines you need and what each shot does, check out this Public Health web site. Learn more about immunizations, who should get them and when.

Think about influenza, pneumococcal, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, shingles, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and certain other vaccines you need if traveling abroad.

Strive to protect yourself and others against seasonal flu and other diseases by getting vaccinated. Everything you need to know about vaccines is here on this Department of Health and Human Services website.

There are also important prevention steps other than just getting vaccinated. Always remember to:

  1. Keep hands clean
  2. Cover your coughs and sneezes
  3. Stay home when sick


Talk to your VA health care provider about the importance of vaccines.

Vaccines are Important When You’re Pregnant

Read information or talk to your health care provider about vaccines for hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine yet for hepatitis C.

Many vaccines are beneficial for pregnant women that can protect you and your baby. You should always talk to your health care provider to help you decide which vaccines to get before, during, and after pregnancy.

While vaccines are safe, most only have redness and soreness in their arm. Learn more about side effects online or talk to your VA health care provider Want to know more? Look here on this CDC web site.