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August is National Immunization Month

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This month reminds the community of the importance of immunizations. Parents are enrolling their children in school, recent graduates are entering college, and healthcare professionals are preparing for the upcoming flu season.

This makes August a great month to focus on immunizations. Vaccines have eliminated smallpox and polio and have significantly reduced the number of cases of measles and other diseases. Yet, there are still deaths associated with vaccine preventable diseases. Recommended vaccines begin soon after birth and continue throughout life.

It is important to get the right vaccines in the right doses at the right time! Because children are particularly vulnerable to infection, most vaccines are given during the first five to six years of life. Other immunizations are recommended during adolescent and adult years, and, for some vaccines, booster immunizations are recommended throughout life. Adolescents should receive the meningococcal vaccine and the Tdap vaccine, a booster against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or "whooping cough." Additionally, the CDC also recommends that all 11 and 12-year-old girls receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects against the most common types of cervical cancer.

Vaccines recommended for adults include the following: influenza, zoster, pneumococcal disease, tetanus, and diphtheria. Click HERE for a complete schedule of adult and child immunizations!

 

 

Our Mission:

The Kankakee County Health Department believes that it is the right of all citizens to have access to a broad continuum of community-based services that protect, maintain and promote the bio-psycho-social health and well-being of the community, and provide a safe and healthy environment.

The department continually assesses the health needs and resources available, promotes development of appropriate needed programs and assures that quality services are acceptable, available, accessible and accountable. These services are delivered in a manner that respects individual and community dignity, values and rights as well as established federal, state and local standards.

Adopted March 6, 1995