BACK TO SCHOOL MEANS GETTING YOUR SHOTS IN ORDER

We all need immunizations (also called vaccines or shots) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our local community safe, Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc. is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. It is the perfect time to promote immunizations and remind family, friends, and coworkers to get caught up on their shots. Immunizations (or vaccinations) aren’t just for babies and young kids. We all need shots to help protect us from serious diseases and illness. Everyone over age 6 months needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Here are some other shots people need at different ages:

Young children:

∙ Children under age 6 get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis.

Preteens:


∙All 11- and 12-year-olds need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, and meningitis.

∙Doctors recommend that boys and girls also get the HPV vaccine to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer.

Adults:


∙People age 65 need a one-time pneumonia shot.
∙Talk to your doctor or nurse about which shots you and your family need.

Shots can prevent infectious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and rubella. But people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases. It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Everyone over age 6 months needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages. Here are some general guidelines:

∙Children need a series of shots from birth to age 6.
∙Pre-teens need recommended shots at age 11 or 12.
∙All adults need a tetanus booster shot every 10 years.

Talk to your doctor or nurse to find out which immunizations you need. For more information, visit Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc. at one of our 15 convenient locations or call us at 315-476-7921.

Remember It’s important for children to get their shots on schedule.

This message is brought to you by Syracuse Community Health Center, “your healthcare home of choice!” For more information call us at 315-476-7921 or visit on the web at http://www.schcny.com.