August highlights importance of getting timely vaccinations

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. It is important for people of all ages to be up-to-date on their vaccinations to protect themselves and to prevent the spread of deadly diseases to others.

“Staying current on vaccines is good for the individual, as well as the community,” said Angelin Comer, FNP-C of Sentara Halifax Family Medicine. “By getting vaccinated, you are protecting infant children and other vulnerable groups that are unable to receive immunizations.”

One of the most important things parents can do to protect their children is having them vaccinated on-time, according to CDC recommendations. By the age of 2, children are vaccinated for 14 different diseases. These vaccines include hepatitis A & B, RV (Rotavirus), T-dap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), Hib, PCV (Pneumococcal), IPV (Polio) and MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella). Additional vaccinations, such as polio and MMRV, are required between the ages of 4 to 6 for children starting school. If a child falls behind on their immunizations, they can catch up, but this is not…