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National Immunization Awareness Month

With the school year kicking off, it only makes sense that National Immunization Awareness Month is August. This month raises awareness and encourages everyone to make sure they are current on the necessary vaccinations for potentially harmful diseases. Many diseases can be easily prevented by getting the appropriate vaccines, while also protecting you from hidden viruses. From chickenpox to measles to polio, vaccines have protected us from the deadliest and most contagious diseases scientists have come across. 

One of the most famous scientists, recognized for his work on vaccines, is Maurice Hilleman. He was responsible for developing more than 40 vaccines, including measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningitis, pneumonia, and many more. His vaccines have been credited for saving millions of children’s lives because he eradicated common childhood diseases. His measles vaccine alone has prevented around one million deaths. 
Currently, there has been a significant push for the clinical development of vaccines, and the first vaccine to protect children against malaria has been piloted in three African countries. Meningitis A has been eliminated with the vaccine, preventing the infection that can cause severe brain damage. In the current pandemic, Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading infectious-disease expert, said he is “cautiously optimistic” about a potential vaccine now entering the last phase of testing. Hopefully, this vaccine will eliminate coronavirus and save many lives. 

National Immunization Awareness Month is critical because vaccinations protect our children from grave illnesses and complications of many diseases. It is important to remember that vaccination is safe and effective. All vaccines undergo long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and the federal government to ensure they are safe. It is a public health obligation to protect ourselves and others from potential health risks. If there is anything we have learned in this pandemic, protecting others is just as important as protecting ourselves. By getting vaccinated, we eliminate many diseases before they have the opportunity to spread. 

At First Care Clinics, we encourage vaccinations for all of our patients. We offer vaccines, as well as many other services. Our incredible nurses would love to help you with all of your urgent health needs. If you have any questions about vaccinations or just your health in general, contact us today