August is National Immunization Awareness Month.
Local Health Departments are reminding people about their importance.
Immunizations are also required by state law for children entering kindergarten, seventh, and twelfth grades.
You may think getting immunized is a personal choice, but that decision can impact others.
“When you don’t get immunized, there are groups of people that you can affect. There are newborns, newborns don’t start immunizing until six months. So if you’re sick and they’re around, there’s no way for them to protect themselves, you have to protect them. There are people who are immune compromised,” said Ted Krafczyk, Monongalia County Health Department.
It is also important to remember, immunizations are important throughout life, not just in childhood.