Immunizations include scheduled, seasonal vaccinations
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Public Relations Department recognized August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
NIAM set different themes each week throughout the month starting the last week of July leading into August.
The first week focused on back to school and making sure vaccine records are up to date. Other themes focus on pregnant women, babies and young children, pre-teen and teens and adults.
Public Relations released information stating immunizations are one of the most valuable contributions to human health and safety.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website explains how vaccines greatly reduce the risk of infection.
The CDC also has information for anyone sitting on the fence about vaccination and how they affect a child’s health.
There are several resources for parents to educate themselves once they have decided to vaccinate their family, including an immunization schedule.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a schedule for vaccinations, as well as more information for parents about any health care questions they may have for their child.
The flu vaccine is another part of NIAM. The CDC website reported that the United States had a high severity season during the 2017-2018 influenza season, reaching an extended period of high activity during January through February.