Even healthy young adults need vaccines

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Indiana Immunization Coalition Celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month

Think you outgrew the need for vaccines when you graduated from high school and moved out of your parents’ house? Not so. Every year, thousands of young adults in the U. S. suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccinations.

To highlight the importance of immunizations throughout life – and to help remind young adults that they need vaccines, too – the Indiana Immunization Coalition is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure young adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus and HPV.

The specific vaccines young adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. All young adults should talk to their health care providers about which vaccines are right for them.

“Immunizations are not just for children. Even healthy young adults need protection against vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Lisa Robertson, Executive Director for the Indiana Immunization Coalition. “The truth is you never outgrow the need for immunizations.”

To find out which vaccines might be right for you and where you can get vaccinated, visit www.cdc.gov-/vaccines/parents/index.html or http://www.vaccinateindiana.org/.

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