Immunizations protect your health, minimize your risk for disease and protect your community. Vaccines are the single most powerful, cost-effective public health intervention ever developed. Immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of many serious infectious diseases. Immunizations are not just for children. All adults, especially pregnant women, need vaccines too. “Vaccines are a safe, proven and effective means to help prevent and stop the spread of vaccine preventable diseases.” – Sue Schryber, BSN, RN, Clinical Health Immunization Supervisor
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), immunizations have had an enormous impact on improving the health of children in the United States. Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a family or community. Here are some of their stories. While some diseases are not common in the U.S., they persist around the world and are only a plane ride away. It is important that we continue to protect our health with vaccines because outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases can and do occur in this country.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The purpose of this observance is to highlight the importance of immunizations, one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th century, according to the CDC. Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) supports NIAM. Pictured below is the OCDPH clinical staff: “Immunize – Protect the Ones You Love’”
Back row (L to R): DeAnne McCammon, Tamara Holsinger,
Leanna Kermeen, Cindy Botbyl, Lis McNeil, Sue Keen
Front row (L to R): Tonya Barber, Sue Schryber, Cecilia Garcia, Jill Kraynak
L to R: Abbie Munsters, Robin Schurman, Shelley Kuyers
Submitted by Kristina Wieghmink, M.Ed., Communications Specialist