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.
August is also a great month to discuss where we are when it comes to developing a vaccine for COVID-19. Your patients might even ask you for an update. Currently, scientists are still working to create a vaccine for COVID-19, but watch this video from the CDC to update yourself on their progress. This month is a good opportunity to update your patients on the progress, as well.
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.
Due to the current political climate, some of your patients may be apprehensive to get vaccinated. The CDC provides a resource about why you should vaccinate. It is important for your patients to know the basic of vaccinations and for you to know the answers to common questions.