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 August is National Immunization Awareness Month - Be wise, immunize.

National Immunization Awareness Month

Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis, adults need to get their shots – just like kids do.

We can all use this month to raise awareness about vaccines and share strategies to increase immunization rates with our community.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Talk to friends and family members about how vaccines aren’t just for kids. People of all ages can get shots to protect them from serious diseases.
  • Encourage people in your community to get the flu shot every year.
  • Invite a doctor or nurse to speak to groups about why it’s important to get vaccinated.
  • Remind everyone that the next flu season is only a few months away.

According to data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), adult vaccination coverage remains low for most routinely recommended vaccines. In 2013, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) updated the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice to reflect the critical need for ALL healthcare professionals – whether they provide immunization services or not – to take steps to ensure that adult patients get the vaccines they need.

  • Adult vaccination rates are extremely low.
  • Most adults are NOT aware that they need vaccines.
  • Recommendation from their healthcare professional is the strongest predictor of whether patients get vaccinated.
  • There are many missed opportunities for vaccination because many healthcare professionals are not routinely assessing vaccination status.

Click here to see if you are up to date on your shots

Older Adults: What You Need to Know About Shingles and the Shingles Vaccine

The ADRC of Dane County provides information about resources and support on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability and is a one-stop shop for older adults, people with disabilities and their families. ADRC staff are unbiased and knowledgeable professionals who listen to your concerns, help clarify your options and direct you to appropriate resources. The ADRC is also the access point for information about long-term care options and applying for public benefits. Services provided by the ADRC are free and available to all Dane County residents regardless of income or assets.

ADRC staff are available weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 608-240-7400. Individuals can also send email inquiries to adrc@countyofdane.com, drop by our office on North Sherman Avenue or visit us at www.daneadrc.org. Home visits are available upon request.