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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccines help protect us and our community from serious diseases. That’s why the United States Postal Service® is a proud participant of National Immunization Awareness Month. Vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect yourself and others from diseases that can kill.

National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to remind family, friends, and co-workers to talk to their healthcare providers about staying up-to-date on their shots.

Here are some important facts about immunization:

n All adults need a tetanus diphtheria booster shot every 10 years.

n Adults aged 65 and older are encouraged to get immunizations to prevent pneumonia and other serious diseases, like shingles.

n Both boys and girls can get the HPV vaccines, which protect against certain forms of cancer.

n Adults may need to get follow-up shots (called boosters) for immunizations they received as children.

n International travel may require vaccinations.

n Many vaccines are covered by health insurance plans.

Talk to your health care provider to ensure that everyone in your family gets the shots they need. Also, as a health tip, keep a record of any vaccinations you receive. For more information about immunization, visit

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National Immunizations Month. Vacines prevent more than 2.5 million deaths each year. A vaccine stimulates our immune system to produce antibodies which help defend against deseases. Know when to vaccinate. Use the Center for Disease Control Immunization schedule to know when to vaccinate your children.Most vaccines are 100% covered under your health plan.