August 23, 2013
Veterans: Are Your Immunizations Current?
Thanks to vaccines, many diseases have been nearly eliminated.
by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Thursday, August 22, 2013
VAís Office of Public Health reminds you that August is National
Immunization Awareness Month. Itís very important to protect your health
by keeping your immunizations current.
Lost track? Not sure which ones you need and what they do?
Then save this web address. Itís all the information you need about the
different types of immunizations and who should get them. Here youíll
find important facts about:
Measles, mumps, rubella
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
Vaccines for international travelers
Protect yourself and others against seasonal flu and other diseases by
The Department of Health and Human Services has even created a website
dedicated entirely to vaccines.
VA reminds Veterans and their families that you can help protect
yourself and others against seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable
diseases by getting immunized. Consider your lifestyle and location when
deciding whether to get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B. There is
no vaccine yet for hepatitis C.
Something to consider before getting pregnant: many vaccines are
beneficial for you and baby. Talk to your health care provider for help
deciding which vaccines to get before, during and after pregnancy. Here
are some guidelines to follow.
Vaccines are some of the safest medical products. But, like any other
medical product, there may be risks. Talk to your health care provider
about the value of vaccines and their side effects.
There is also a lot of great information and ways you can help spread
the word on the CDC web site.