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WVU Medicine Health Report: National Immunization Awareness Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month. And whether you’re young or old, getting your recommended vaccines helps keep you and everybody around you healthy.

"I think the awareness is letting people know that some of those false truths that keep getting perpetuated have been proven to be wrong. That vaccines are safe. The thing about vaccines you might get sore on your arm, you might have a little fever and be achy, have a headache. That’s the tradeoff to being protected and being healthy," said Kathy Moffett, WVU Medicine Infectious Disease Specialist.

Currently, there are 14 recommended vaccinations for children, but not all get vaccinated. In West Virginia alone, we’re last in that nation in having our toddlers up to date on their vaccines, and this can impact more than just our children.

"The elderly, despite being vaccinated, their immunity fades. And I’ve known of elderly in nursing homes where they’ve gotten pertussis and that potentially could be fatal," said Moffett.

Doctors also recommend that the elderly receive the shingles vaccine after the age of sixty. For adults, the flu vaccine is recommended every year and the Tdap vaccine helps protect against Tetanus, diphtheria, and Whooping Cough. And you can always talk to your doctor if you have questions.

"So I think education and making it an environment where people can come ask questions. They’re vaccine hesitant, but then we provide them with the facts. We listen to what their concerns are. And hopefully our patients leave vaccinated," said Moffet.

For more information you can visit this link: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/

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