National Consumers League

Back to school a good time to revisit immunizations schedule


You may have recently read about the whooping cough epidemic in California, or you might recall the chaos last fall when folks were scrambling to get their H1N1 vaccine. Immunizations are one of the most important public health tools available, and they greatly improved our quality of life over the past century. Today, we often associate vaccinations with infants and children, and possible the elderly. It is important to remember, however, that adults can not only benefit from immunizations, but they can help protect their loved ones by getting boosters or new immunizations. The CDC establishes a recommended schedule of vaccines for both adults, children, and teens. You should talk with your health care practitioner to determine what is appropriate for you and your family. Recently, the CDC revised its seasonal flu recommendations to reflect the value of the flu vaccine universally in the population. As summer turns to fall, it is important to remember to schedule a visit to the pharmacy or your family doctor to get your seasonal shot; it is often advised to get your seasonal vaccine in October or November to ensure that it protects you throughout the flu season (usually ending in early spring). While many may grimace at the thought of a needle, it is important to remember the value of vaccines in preventing discomfort and illness.