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Recognizing National Immunization Month: Are You Up-to-Date?

Immunization is one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th century, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But ‘herd immunity’ only works if most or all of the people in a community are vaccinated. As children head back to school and young adults start college, August is a great time for all of us to make sure our vaccines are up to date.
 
The Koshland Science Museum’s interactive online exhibit Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health puts you in the driver’s seat to control a hypothetical epidemic of influenza or measles. Learn about the science of vaccination and see how different vaccination scenarios affect the spread of disease.
 
The Institute of Medicine has issued numerous reports on vaccine safety, priorities, and research, including Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence, and Future Studies (2013) and Priorities for the National Vaccine Plan (2009).
 
Visit the CDC’s Vaccines & Immunizations website for more information about vaccines for specific groups, including children, teens, adults, health care professionals, and seniors.