Monday, August 20, 2012

National Immunization and Influenza Vaccination Awareness Month

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization and Influenza Vaccination Awareness Month. This month highlights the need for improving national immunization coverage levels and encourages all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. According to Col. Richard Looney, Director of Army’s Military Vaccination (MILVAX) Program, “Immunizations have prevented approximately 42,000 deaths and 20 million cases of disease over the past decade”. He also added, “Those preventative efforts have also saved billions of dollars in related health care costs and total societal costs. Morbidity from vaccine-preventable diseases has fallen 90 percent or more for most diseases since the 20th century.” From infants to senior citizens, timely immunizations are one of the most important ways for you to protect yourself and others from serious diseases and infections.

With the coming 2012-13 flu season, September, October and November are the recommended months to receive a flu vaccine.  The flu is a serious infection, and when combined with pneumonia, it is the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S according to the CDC. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated. Getting your annual flu vaccine will protect you, your loved ones and your work mates.

PMG Research will have flu vaccination studies at many of our sites beginning this fall. Be sure to click here to learn more about participating in a study near you!

You can visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ for more information about vaccine related topics including; vaccines and preventable diseases, immunization schedules, traveler information and common questions about vaccines.

Web Source: http://www.vaccines.mil/         
Web Source: www.cdc.gov

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