August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Are your children ready for school? Check those vaccine records.

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month! Just because you are an adult, doesn’t mean you should throw away your shot!


Immunizations, or vaccinations can help prevent dangerous and occasionally deadly diseases, such as the flu, measles, and pneumonia.

Vaccinations are important for those of all ages, especially young, school-aged children. It is crucial that people of all ages are up to date on all recommended vaccines. Diseases can spread quickly among groups of children that are unvaccinated, especially at child care facilities or preschool. These locations are often prone to outbreaks of infectious disease simply because of poor hand washing and no covering coughs.

Many states, including New York, require that children who enter child care or school to be vaccinated against specific disease. Make sure to check in with your child’s doctor, the school, or the local health department about requirements in your area. Check out these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



If you have a child age 6 or younger, find out which shots your child needs here 

Find out which shots adults and teenagers need here

If you are pregnant, check out this recommended immunization schedule here

Whitney Young Health offers immunization services for both children and adults. So now that you’re informed, it’s time to get vaccinated. Call and make an appointment with us today at (518) 465-4471.