MAYVILLE, N.Y.:--August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. We know the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of life, including your ability to attend important appointments and receive routine vaccinations. During NIAM, the Chautauqua County Health Department encourages you to talk to your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional to ensure you and your family are protected against serious diseases by getting caught up on routine vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Growing Up with Vaccines interactive guide provides information on the vaccines recommended during pregnancy, throughout childhood, and into adulthood. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/growing/ to access this tool.
Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County Public Health Director, offers the following advice to 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. If they are 12 or older, they are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.”
County COVID-19 vaccination clinics are listed on the Chautauqua County website at https://chqgov.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccination-clinics .
Remember to take care of yourself too! Make sure to receive any vaccines you need to stay healthy. Use CDC’s adult vaccine assessment tool to see which vaccines might be right for you at https://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/ .
August is also a critical time for those who are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) currently recommends that all persons aged 12 years and older receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The ACIP reports that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination to individual persons and at the population level clearly outweighed the risks.
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccination, check out the following CDC websites:
- Your COVID-19 Vaccination https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/your-vaccination.html
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html
For COVID-19 vaccination clinic options in Chautauqua County, please visit our website at https://chqgov.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccination-clinics .
Vaccination is a highly effective and easy way to keep your family healthy. Vaccination throughout childhood is essential, because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. All vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective. Get the vaccines you and your family need this month.