Summer is winding down. Before you know it, the kids will be headed back to school. Take steps to protect their health this school year by keeping them up-to-date on their vaccines.

Here are just three reasons why you should get your family vaccinated:

1.    Vaccines protect against serious illnesses: Without the proper vaccines, individuals are at an increased risk for serious diseases such as the measles, whooping cough, pneumonia, meningitis, and the flu. These diseases can quickly spread in crowded environments like schools or childcare facilities, especially among newborns, young children, students in dormitory housing and military recruits, and those with weakened immune systems.

2.    Vaccines are safe: According to the National Public Health Information Coalition, vaccines are one of the “safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent disease.” Vaccines are fully tested before licensing and closely monitored to ensure the highest levels of safety.

3.    Vaccines from childhood can wear off with time: Some vaccines require multiple doses or boosters whereas others, such as the flu shot, change from season to season. The CDC recommends that parents stick to the recommended immunization schedule to prevent their children from getting sick. Depending on your family’s medical conditions, travel or other factors, doctors may recommend additional vaccines.

Help CTEH spread the word about the importance of vaccines for National Immunization Awareness Month.