August is National Immunization Awareness Month - VA North Texas Health Care System
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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Stephen Holt, M.D., deputy chief of staff, gets immunized.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

When was the last time you checked your immunization records to see if you were up-to-date? Any time is a good time to get immunized if you're due, but since August is National Immunization Awareness Month, don't let this month pass without getting the shots you need.

Some adults mistakenly think immunizations are just for children when they are going back to school. That's not true. It's just as important for adults to get the immunizations they need in order to maintain their health. Keep track of your schedule and get immunized on time, every time.

Here is the recommended schedule for adults:

All adults  
Influenza (flu) 1 dose annually
Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) (Tdap) Get a Tdap vaccine then a Td booster once every 10 years
Varicella (Chickenpox) 2 doses
Adults age 60 and above  
Zoster (Shingles) 1 dose
Adults age 65 and above
Pneumococcal (pneumonia) 1 dose

There are other immunizations recommended for individuals based on their health, job or lifestyle.  Talk to your primary care provider to see which ones are recommended for you. Be proactive in maintaining your health. Don’t let another day go by without getting your immunizations up-to-date.

Veterans who receive care at VA North Texas can get immunized at their regular clinic appointments.



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