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August 5, 2013

Off to College? Even Healthy Young Adults Need Vaccines -
Oswego County Health Department 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 adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccinations.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life - and to help remind young adults that they need vaccines, too - the Oswego County Health Department is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month during the month of August.

"This is the perfect opportunity to make sure young adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus and HPV," said Jiancheng Huang, Director of Public Health for the Oswego County Health Department. "The Oswego County Health Department investigates dozens of vaccine preventable disease cases each year. Many adults don't realize the vaccine preventable diseases aren't just kids' stuff. Many adults miss time from work and school due to illnesses that can be prevented with a simple safe vaccination."

The specific vaccines adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines.

All adults should talk to their health care providers about what vaccines are right for them, said Huang.

"Immunizations are not just for children. Even healthy young adults need protection against vaccine-preventable diseases," said Judy Lester, Supervising Public Health Nurse for Preventive Services. "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 health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization or call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3547.


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