Though it may seem tedious to do every year, staying up to date on immunizations is crucial for your health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that since 2010, flu-related hospitalizations in the United States have ranged from 140,000 to 710,000. About 900,000 people get pneumococcal pneumonia every year, leading to as many as 400,000 hospitalizations.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to mitigate the risk of contracting one of these serious illnesses. In honor of National Immunization Month, follow these tips to help keep you and your family healthy all year long:
Tip #1: Don’t Assume Your Vaccinations are Up-to-Date
Environmental factors like stress, lack of sleep and diet can affect the strength of your immune system, and the CDC reports that vaccines you received as a child can lose their effectiveness over time. Different vaccines are recommended based on your age, occupation, or health conditions (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes or heart disease), so it’s important to consult your doctor each year to see if you need a booster.
Tip #2: Keep Your Family’s Health in Mind
Even if your immune system is able to ward off the flu, very old and very young people in your household may be at risk. As people age, they become more susceptible to serious diseases caused by common infections, including the flu and whooping cough. In addition, young children and babies who have weaker immune systems can get very sick from a simple sneeze. Opting into annual vaccines could help you protect your loved ones.
Tip #3: Don’t Break the Bank
Doctor visits, prescriptions and hospital bills can add up to thousands of dollars. In addition to getting annual vaccinations, doing a little research can help you maximize your health care savings. By participating in prescription discount programs like Community Cares Rx, you’ll have free unlimited access to resources that may help you save money on flu shots and more. Online tools allow program participants to locate a pharmacy and research drug pricing and availability, helping to make care more affordable.
By making the most of these tips, you can help keep your family healthy no matter the season.
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