August is National Immunization Awareness Month

By Heartland News

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Public Health wants to remind you that August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

National Immunization Awareness Month is a month designed to educate people that getting vaccines recommended for infants, children, adolescents, adults and seniors, are crucial to protecting not only that person's health, but the health of those around them.

Vaccines are among the most cost-effective and successful public health tools for preventing disease and death.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wile poliovirus in the United States and significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases.

But measles still infect about 23 million people around the world every year and kills about 480,000 of them. An infected person can travel to the U.S. and we can travel anywhere in the world.

A single case of the disease will remain a single case if everyone around the infected person is immune. If they aren't, a single case can turn into an epidemic.

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