National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance dedicated to the importance of vaccinations for all ages. For employers, this is a great time to raise awareness about which vaccines adults need, reasons to vaccinate, and how to find vaccination sites with ease.
Since the COVID vaccine rollout, there has been much interest in vaccines, how they work, why we need them, etc. National Immunization Awareness Month is a great opportunity to dispel COVID vaccine myths and update workers on other shots they may need beyond the COVID shot.
Why Vaccines are Important…
The medical world considers vaccines as one of the most effective ways to prevent infectious diseases. While childhood vaccines are the most commonly thought of, adults actually need vaccines, too, because vaccinations protect individuals, their families, and their communities.
Reasons to vaccinate include:
Which Vaccines Do Adults Need?
Even if you received vaccines as a child, you’ll still need to update them periodically throughout your life. Immunity from childhood vaccines is known to wear off over time. Plus, as an adult, you may be at risk for different diseases, especially if you travel frequently overseas.
All adults need the following vaccines:
Always discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider prior to receiving a vaccination. This is important if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to a vaccine or if you have certain health conditions like Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
When employees feel good, they tend to perform better. That’s why most Chamber BlueOptions plans come with employee discounts on health products and services, as well as an online health and fitness program. Just contact your Anthem-appointed insurance producer for more information or visit the Chamber’s BlueOptions web page to find a producer. For more information on the Chamber BlueOptions health plan, please contact Mark Ellis by calling (207) 623-4568, ext. 107, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.