Health and Family Services Cabinet
August: National Immunization Awareness Month
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2012) - August is being observed as National Immunization Awareness Month in an effort to highlight the importance and continued benefits of immunizations.
“Making sure children are immunized is crucial in protecting the health and welfare of Kentuckians,” said Dr. Steve Davis, acting commissioner for public health. “Immunizations protect against illnesses such as measles, polio, whooping cough, influenza, chickenpox and tetanus. It’s vital that we recognize the importance of vaccinating against these illnesses, or we run the risk of seeing rates of these diseases increase. Every parent should become knowledgeable about vaccines, how they prevent disease and when their child should be vaccinated.”
The Kentucky Immunization Program provides the following general guidelines for vaccinations:
• Everyone over the age of six months should receive a seasonal flu shot every year. Those individuals in close contact with an infant should receive a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination.
• Young children from birth to age six years need a series of vaccines to protect against several diseases such as measles, polio, whooping cough, chickenpox and hepatitis.
• Adolescents need immunizations to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and meningitis at age 11 or 12.
Protection received from childhood vaccines decreases over time. Preteens, teens and adults may need to be revaccinated, even if they were completely vaccinated as children.
For more information about immunizations, contact the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Immunization Program at (502) 564-4478 or your local health department.