August is National Immunization Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives. Defend your child against 14 serious childhood diseases, like measles and whooping cough with the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving him all the recommended immunizations by age 2 is the best way to protect him.

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their school and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – the Cuyahoga County Board of Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health – and that of classmates and the community,” said Cindy Modie of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.”

Learn about the vaccines your baby needs from a reliable source. CDC’s vaccine website for parents explains the diseases vaccines prevent, immunization schedule, possible side effects, how to comfort your baby during vaccine visits, and more.  or www.

Call 216-201-2041 for an appointment Monday through Friday at the immunization clinics at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

Mary Ellen Shannon

I am a nurse at the Cuyahoga County board of health and work in the immunization program. We are trying to make parents more aware of the need to vaccinate to protect their children.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 2:29 PM, 08.05.2014