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August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

Posted on August 14th, 2017 by Pacific Family Practice in Primary Care, Prevention

August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

Pacific Family Practice proudly promotes August as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). National Immunization Awareness Month was established to promote awareness of and education about the importance of vaccines and ensuring people of all ages are up to date with their immunizations. Vaccines are responsible for the prevention of serious, sometimes fatal diseases that can affect men and women of all ages. Our practice offers immunizations and vaccines as part of our pediatric and newborn care services.

Back to school season
August is a particularly serendipitous time to honor NIAM, as this is when many children are heading back to school. Parents are encouraged to make appointments with Pacific Family Practice to ensure that their child receives all of the vaccinations required to attend school that year. August is a very busy time for vaccination appointments, so we kindly ask that you make an appointment as early as possible in your schedule so we can accommodate you in time for the first day of school.

Preparing for cold and flu season
You might be surprised that the flu season starts as early as October, which is why many medical practices will begin to offer the flu vaccine in August and September. As always, we encourage you and your family to take the impending flu season seriously. The flu is not simply a more intense cold. It is a virus that can last several days to several weeks, resulting in missed work or school. Young children and the elderly are most at risk for contracting and spreading the flu, and women who are pregnant need to take extra precautions as well.

Pacific Family Practice can offer all flu vaccines starting 8/20/17.

Quick flu season facts:
• Children age six months and older can receive the flu vaccine
• The flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women
• Peak flu season is from December through February
• The flu season can last until May
• The flu virus can live on a surface for up to 72 hours (door knobs, counters, desks, etc.)
• The flu shot is often covered by insurance

Pacific Family Practice is committed to ensuring all of our patients enjoy quality long-term health. If you have questions about immunization schedules or whether you are up to date on vaccines, please contact our office today.

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