August is National Immunization Awareness Month, making this a great opportunity to remind your patients to get their appropriate vaccines.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thousands of American adults get sick each year from diseases that vaccines can prevent. For patients with asthma or COPD, vaccines are an important step in protecting their health from serious diseases like influenza and pneumonia.
Through National Immunization Awareness Month, the CDC is teaming with other agencies, such as the AARC, to help promote and educate patients on the importance of vaccinations. The CDC even prepared an online tool to help individuals know what vaccines they may need: The Adult Vaccine Quiz.
Resources from the CDC
- Vaccine Information for Adults With Lung Disease Including Asthma
- Adults With Chronic Conditions: Get Vaccinated
- Asthma and Flu Shots