August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccines aren’t just for kids. Approximately 40,000 to 50,000 adults in the U.S. die

from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases or their complications each year.

During National Immunization Awareness Month, make sure you check to see if you’re up-to-date on your vaccinations, including –

  • Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td) or Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap): An initial series of three or four shots usually given in childhood (DTP or DT), then “boosters” every 10 years thereafter (Td or Tdap). You can get tetanus from insect bites, animal bites, scratches or even a tiny crack in the skin.
  • ­Pertussis (whooping cough) (Tdap): A booster dose of pertussis vaccine(administered with tetanus-diphtheria vaccine as Tdap) is recommended for all adolescents and young adults. It can be given regardless of how long it has been since the last tetanus (Td) booster.
  • Varicella (chickenpox): If you never had chickenpox as a child, you need to get immunized with the varicella vaccine. Two doses are recommended. If you did have chickenpox in the past (or are not sure), you should receive the shingles vaccine (RZV) (if you’re age 50 years or older).

For more information on the immunizations and screenings for all ages, visit

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