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GREELEY — Immunization is an important aspect of preventive medicine, appropriate for people of all ages. Despite the availability of safe and effective vaccines, cases of vaccine-preventable diseases continue to occur in Colorado annually.
The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment is observing National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) this August. This year’s NIAM campaign reminds everyone living in Weld County about the importance of immunization. This year’s NIAM activity will include pertussis vaccination for approximately 1,100 incoming sixth-grade students in Weld County.
Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild poliovirus in the United States and significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases. However, despite these efforts, people in the United States still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases every year.
Vaccines offer safe and effective protection from infectious diseases. By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their families and their communities from serious, life-threatening infections.
Immunizations are recommended during infancy, adolescence and adulthood; for certain vaccines, booster immunizations are recommended throughout life. Immunizations are also recommended for certain diseases that may be encountered when traveling outside of the United States.
As parents start enrolling their adolescents in school and students begin returning to college campuses, it is a good time to focus community attention on the value and necessity of immunization.
Vaccine-preventable diseases continue to circulate throughout the United States and may infect non-vaccinated people, causing illness and preventable deaths. The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment encourages everyone to learn more about the recommended vaccines. For more information, contact the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment at 970-304-6420, or visit www.weldhealth.org.