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National Immunization Awareness Month

Aug 6, 2018 6:30:00 AM

Immunization Month - BlogImmunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. Vaccines are the best way to prevent infectious disease. Being immunized is important for at least two reasons:

  1. To protect yourself
  2. To protect those around you


Children can be protected against more diseases than ever before. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children have been eliminated completely and others are close to being gone.

Immunizations not only keep children safe but also help keep those around them safe. However, not all children are eligible for immunizations due to age, immune deficiencies, or allergies. It is important for those who are eligible to get fully immunized to help keep those who can’t safe.

Concerns Regarding The Safety Of Vaccination

Proponents say that vaccination is safe and one of the greatest health developments of the 20th century. They point out that illnesses, including rubella, diphtheria, smallpox, polio, and whooping cough, are now prevented by vaccination and millions of children’s lives are saved. They contend adverse reactions to vaccines are extremely rare.

Opponents say that children’s immune systems can deal with most infections naturally, and that injecting questionable vaccine ingredients into a child may cause side effects, including seizures, paralysis, and death. They contend that numerous studies prove that vaccines may trigger problems like autism, ADHD, and diabetes. 

View Full Immunization Schedule For Children

CDC Child Imun Chart

Courtesy of CDC


View Full Immunization Schedule For Pre-teen/Teen

CDC Teen Imun Chart

Courtesy of CDC


You never outgrow the need for vaccines. As an adult, specific recommended vaccinations are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, health and risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Adults who smoke or have chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, or weakened immune systems, are more likely to develop complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases. These complications can include long-term illness, hospitalization, and even death.

View Full Immunization Schedule For Adults

CDC Adult Imun Chart

Courtesy of CDC


Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations before. A prime example is the eradication of smallpox. Children today no longer receive a smallpox vaccination because the disease no longer exists. By vaccinating , it’s possible to eradicate others.


Written by Gibson

Gibson is a team of risk management and employee benefits professionals with a passion for helping leaders look beyond what others see and get to the proactive side of insurance. As an employee-owned company, Gibson is driven by close relationships with their clients, employees, and the communities they serve. The first Gibson office opened in 1933 in Northern Indiana, and as the company’s reach grew, so did their team. Today, Gibson serves clients across the country from offices in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Utah.