Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman are reminding residents about the importance of vaccines and the protection they provide against serious diseases during National Immunization Awareness Month which is held in August.
“Every year, tens of thousands of Americans get sick from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), immunizations are the optimum protection against these diseases.” Neuhaus said.
While vaccines have greatly reduced infectious diseases, it is important to note that the germs that cause vaccine-preventable disease still exist and can be spread to people who are not protected by vaccines.
According to the American College of Physicians, vaccines are safe. Before a vaccine is approved for use in the United States, it undergoes years of careful testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA also inspects the facilities where the vaccines are manufactured. Once a vaccine is licensed, the FDA and the CDC continue to monitor its use.
Vaccines are especially important for older adults and those with compromised immune systems. For more information regarding immunizations, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines.