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August is National Immunization Awareness Month


Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Immunization website (in English and Spanish) has a wealth of information and resources, including immunization schedules, podcasts, videos, posters, infographics, and more at

Pregnant Women

Vaccines are an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Women should be up to date on their vaccinations before becoming pregnant. Getting vaccinated during pregnancy also allows the mother to pass some protection on to her baby. Some women may need to receive certain vaccines after giving birth.

Infants and Young Children

Vaccines protect babies from 14 diseases by the time they reach 2 years of age. It is very important that babies receive all doses of each vaccine and receive each vaccination on time. Early childhood programs are prone to disease outbreaks. Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another.


All adults should get recommended vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become ill and pass diseases on to others. Everyone should have their vaccination needs assessed by a health care professional. Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person’s age, occupation or health conditions. All adults should get a influenza (flu) vaccine each year to protect against seasonal flu.