National Immunization Awareness Month

August is recognized annually as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Throughout the month, health care professionals highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout our lives.

We have seen first-hand how significantly the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of life, including our ability to attend important appointments and receive routine vaccinations. During NIAM, we encourage you to talk to your doctor, nurse or healthcare provider to ensure you and your family are protected against serious diseases by getting caught up on routine vaccination.

Important Information for Parents

As your children head back to school this fall, it's particularly important for you to work with your child's doctor or nurse to make sure they get caught up on missed well-child visits and recommended vaccines. But it's important to note - it's not all about the kiddos! Remember to take care of yourself too! Make sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor to receive any vaccines you need to stay healthy. You can use this adult vaccine assessment tool to see which vaccines might be right for you.

Not Out of the Woods Yet

The past two years have seen a lot of fluctuation in levels of COVID-19; especially as new variants emerge and effect populations differently. August is critical time for those who are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before the onset of flu season. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccination, check out the following websites:

Fall is Coming, and So Is Flu Season

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of 'flu season' can vary, but it often begins to increase in October and peaks between December and February. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. As part of Immunization Awareness Month, Summit urges you to commit to scheduling your flu vaccine this fall to help keep you - and those you love - healthy.

Summit Medical Group offers routine immunizations for children, adolescents, and adults, including COVID-19 and influenza (flu) vaccination. To find a provider near you or to schedule your immunization appointment, visit www.summitmedical.com.