National Immunization Awareness Month and Important Health Reminders

August 8, 2017, 11:00 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) — August is marked as National Immunization Awareness Month.

MUSC’s Family Physician, Dr. Terry Steyer, informs parents on how to get their little ones’ health — and their own health — in order before the school year begins.

Some of the most common and important immunizations include chickenpox, Hepatitis B, the flu vaccine, and meningococcal — a new bacteria vaccine that stops the spread of bacterial meningitis.

The responsibilities of parents should they choose to not vaccinate their children is that they must tell medical staff that their child has not received all vaccines recommended for his or her age.

It’s important to understand that some vaccines can cause serious and fatal side effects, such as allergic reactions and seizures. Ways to prevent such risks include reviewing the components that make the vaccine.

All 50 states in the United States do require public school students to get vaccinations. “They have to be vaccinated if they’re going to public school,” informs Dr. Steyer.

Stay healthy this fall and consider what vaccines will be best for you and your family.