August: National Immunization Awareness Month

As the new school year is beginning, it is the perfect time to update any routine vaccinations before the start of classes. Vaccines may be credited with the decline in numerous dangerous and sometimes life-threatening infections in our society. Therefore, promoting one’s health through vaccine prevention of disease is ever more important to protect ourselves and our communities. To celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of immunizations in the prevention of disease, join us and others nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

Be sure to check with your healthcare provider or local health department to ensure you and your family members are up to date on recommended vaccinations. Below, you will find the most recent required immunizations for school-age children in Indiana.

Indiana immunization recommendations

Do you have a family member preparing to attend college or enter the military?

  • Meningitis B: As of 2017, CDC now recommends vaccination with the meningitis B vaccines in addition to the previous meningitis series for individuals entering college or a branch of the military, for this provides additional coverage of meningitis strains.

If you have any further questions or concerns, we would be happy to discuss them with you. Although childhood vaccinations are central to this article, remember that vaccinations are important for individuals of all ages. It is important to check with your provider about appropriate preventative vaccines for adults as well.

For further information, the following resources may provide valuable information: CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/index.html), Indiana State Department of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics Childhood Immunization Support Program

(www.aap.org/immunization), and the Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins University (www.vaccinesafety.edu).

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