Monthly Resource & Educational Programs National Vaccination Month - August This annual observance highlights the efforts of health care professionals to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination. You have the power to protect yourself and your children against serious diseases. Various vaccines are recommended throughout one’s lifetime. Childhood vaccines can protect children against serious diseases like measles, cancers caused by HPV, and whooping cough. Preteens and teens need four vaccines to protect against serious diseases: meningococcal conjugate vaccine to protect against meningitis and bloodstream infections; HPV vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV; Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough; and a yearly flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu. Vaccines aren’t just for kids. Adults need protect themselves against serious diseases like shingles, pneumonia, and flu. If you have diabetes, some illnesses like flu can make it harder to control your blood sugar (glucose). Make sure you’re up to date on your vaccines. While many serious diseases are no longer common in the United States thanks to vaccines, these diseases still exist and can spread when people aren’t vaccinated. Even if your family does not travel internationally, you could meet international travelers who have not been vaccinated or have the disease anywhere in your community. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when children aren’t vaccinated. Some diseases that are prevented by vaccines, like whooping cough and chickenpox, remain common in the United States. Following the recommended immunization schedule helps you protect you and your child against vaccine-preventable diseases. Click here to learn more.