August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

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In observance of National Immunization Awareness Month, the Rockland County Department of Health would like to remind residents about the importance of remaining up-to-date with vaccines. Getting immunized is a lifelong, and life-protecting community effort. Recommended vaccines begin soon after birth and continue throughout life.

Rockland County Commissioner of Health Dr. Joan Facelle said, “Vaccines offer safe and effective protection from many infectious diseases. By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their family and friends, and the community from serious infections. “


Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild poliovirus in the United States and significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases.

“An individual’s need for immunizations does not end with adulthood. Immunity from childhood shots such as tetanus and whooping cough can wear off,” said Dr. Facelle.

“In addition, new vaccines can prevent dangerous diseases like shingles in adults. Adult travelers may need other immunizations depending on the geographic region they plan to visit.”