August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Think it doesn’t apply to you? Think again. Yearly immunizations, or vaccinations, help protect both children and adults from serious illnesses. With back-to-school season in full swing, it’s especially important to make sure your kids are up-to-date on their necessary shots.
What Kind of Shots Does My Child Need?
Depending on their age, there are different vaccinations your children must have. These shots will help protect you and your family from:
- Chicken Pox
- Whooping Cough
Places like CVS offer Free Health Screenings and vouchers redeemable for flu shots from the pharmacy. Walgreens even has immunization centers. Are you and your kids already up-to-date on your shots? Here are some other precautions your family can take to avoid getting and spreading illnesses:
1. Stay home if you are sick.
When I was younger, I don’t know how many times I got sick from other kids at school. I even got a nasty case of chicken pox from one of my peers. Do your kids and your kids’ classmates a favor; if your child is sick, keep them at home. That goes the same for you too — if you’re sick, don’t force yourself to go to work. You never know if you’ll infect someone else. That’s how the zombie apocalypse starts.
2. Wash your hands often with antibacterial soap.
I’m not sure why, but babies and kids are always putting their hands in their mouths. Even as adults, we absentmindedly touch our lips, bite our nails, etc. We use our hands to flush toilets, open doors, shake hands, etc. Hands are the conduit for germs to get into our system. Keeping them clean will help prevent sickness. Likewise, keep your hands away from your face.
3. Know your body.
When our bodies and immune systems are vulnerable, germs will attack. Making sure you get proper amounts of sleep, eating three healthy meals a day, and drinking lots of water will help your body stay at its best. Depriving yourself of either of these things makes you weak and significantly more susceptible to illness and disease.