OSWEGO – Every year, tens of thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.
To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and to help remind adults that they need vaccines, too – the Oswego County Health Department is recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
This is the perfect opportunity to make sure adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus, and pneumococcal disease.
The need for vaccinations does not end in childhood.
Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives based on age, lifestyle, occupation, travel destinations, medical conditions and vaccines received in the past.
Vaccination is important because it not only protects the person being vaccinated, but also helps prevent the spread of diseases to others – especially those who are most vulnerable to serious complications, such as young children who are not yet fully immunized, older people, and people with certain chronic conditions or weakened immune systems that may not be able to receive vaccines.
All adults should talk to their health care providers to make sure they are up-to-date on vaccines recommended for them.
“There is a misconception among many adults that vaccines are just for children,” said Jodi Martin, supervising public health nurse for Preventive Services for the Oswego County Health Department. “The truth is, you never outgrow the need for immunizations.”
The Oswego County Health Department offers a walk-in immunization clinic every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the office on 70 Bunner St. Oswego.
Vaccinations are also offered in the Pulaski Courthouse office by appointment only, on the third Tuesday of every month between 9 and 11 a.m.
Call 349-3547 for more information and to schedule an appointment in Pulaski.
Anyone attending the clinic for shots should bring all insurance cards and a copy of their shot record.
To find out which vaccines you need, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf or call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547.