National Immunization Month

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Immunizations can protect you and your family against serious illnesses, including the flu, measles and tuberculosis. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and this is the time to remind your loved ones about the importance of getting the recommended vaccines to keep everyone healthy. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to get the immunization schedules for children and adults for 2014.


Although getting vaccinated is a vital part of preventing illness, children typically see the experience as a stranger in a white jacket poking them with a needle. Here are some tips to help make the trip to the doctor a little less painful:

  • Bring a favorite toy or book for younger children.
  • Hold an infant or small child in your lap, if possible, and bring along a favorite blanket to make him or her feel safe.
  • Sing or talk to your child to soothe him or her while the vaccine is administered.

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