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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Written by Trey Helman - Wellness Intern

With a possible COVID-19 vaccine on the way in the coming months, immunization awareness month comes just at the right time. Although some of the public may be wary to get involved with the clinical trials of the vaccine, once it is ready, it is important to protect yourself and your community. Vaccines are essential to keeping disease rates low and hopefully ending COVID-19. Vaccines that already exists are very important for limiting disease outbreaks such as whooping cough and preventing cancers caused by HPV.

To get involved in August, you can do things such as:

· Talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure you and your family are up to date on all of your vaccinations. Also ask about boosters or if you missed part of a series of a vaccine.

· Share your reasons for vaccinating with your community so that they may choose to vaccinate as well.

· When the COVID-19 vaccine is ready, go get it and encourage everyone around you to do the same.

Vaccines are safe and effective at preventing serious diseases by working with your body’s natural immune system. They all go through clinical trials which means they are tested on many people before they are released to the general public. It is important for all people to get vaccinated so that you can protect mothers, children and the elderly.

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