As we head over the summer “hump” toward August, thoughts turn to that glorious time of the year when everyone heads back to school and the house quiets.  But for many parents, August also means helping their children prepare for annual visits to their family pediatricians, for immunizations.  August is National Immunization Awareness month and although no one “likes a shot,” immunizations remain one of the best ways to protect children and adults from many serious illnesses.  Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that once routinely killed or harmed tens of thousands of infants, children and adults. Childhood immunizations are based on a series of vaccinations over a period of time and recommendations from individual pediatricians are best to follow.  But the importance of vaccines should not be left at the school house door, as adults should follow a standard published schedule for updating their own protection.

            Immunization is the most effective way of reducing employee absenteeism and improving overall health in the workplace.  Benefits of a workplace flu immunization program reduces interruption with service or product delivery, reduces employee sick leave and extended health costs, boosts employee morale by showing your workforce you care and making it a day to celebrate wellness in the workplace, and increases productivity and job satisfaction.

            So please, remember the CDC reminds us that some adults incorrectly assume that the vaccines they received as children will protect them for the rest of their lives.[1]  Generally this is true, but to be certain check the CDC website to learn more about your risks and what vaccines are recommended.

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333, U.S.A