August is National Immunization Month
Each August, National Immunization Month reminds that vaccinations are not just for kids. Vaccinations can help prevent dangerous and deadly diseases, and back-to-school physicals offer an opportunity to ensure your family is up-to-date on immunizations.
“Vaccines are a safe and effective way of protecting the entire family,” said Dr. Deb Krahl. “Whether it is an annual flu shot or updates of immunizations you may not have received in decades, you can make a difference in the health of your family and community.”
The immunization we typically receive the most questions about at Clinic Sofia is the HPV vaccination. HPV or human papillomavirus HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, and most sexually active people will contract at least one of the many strains of HPV.
Some of the strains are harmless and are cleared by the immune system. However, other strains are linked to serious issues –chiefly cervical cancer and other types of cancer as well as genital warts. The FDA-approved vaccine can protect against those strains associated with cancer and warts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends first immunization at age 11 or 12 to allow immunity to develop.
“If you have questions or concerns about any vaccines, we are happy to answer questions and provide resources for you and your family, during National Immunization Awareness Month and throughout the year,” added Dr. Krahl.