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Every year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.
To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and to help remind adults that they need vaccines, too – the Saint Croix Valley Immunization Coalition is recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus, shingles and pneumococcal disease.
The specific vaccines adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. All adults should talk to their health care providers about which vaccines are right for them.
There is a misconception among many adults that vaccines are just for children. The truth is you never outgrow the need for immunizations.”
To become a member or learn more about the St. Croix Valley Immunization Coalition, contact Sharon at 715-246-8372. Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents or www.sccwi.us or call St. Croix County Public Health at 715-246-8263.