Immunizations Are Preventive Care for All Ages

Immunizations Are Preventive Care for All Ages

  • Posted Aug 01, 2017
  • hchadmin

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the U.S., vaccination programs have eliminated or significantly reduced many vaccine-preventable diseases. However, some of these diseases still exist and may once again become common — and deadly — if we don’t get the vaccinations we need and when we need them.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and Holy Cross Hospital would like to encourage you to care for yourself and your loved ones by reminding you of the importance of immunizations.

Immunizations aren’t just for youngsters. The CDC says we all need them to help protect us and our patients and coworkers from serious diseases and illness. In fact, according to the CDC, everyone over the age of six months needs a seasonal flu shot every year. The seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu.

Other vaccinations work best when they are given at certain ages. Here are some general guidelines from the CDC: 

Young children: 

•Children under age six get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox and hepatitis. 


•All 11- and 12-year-olds need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and meningitis. 

•Doctors recommend girls also get the HPV vaccine to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer. 


•All adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years. 

•People age 65 need a one-time pneumonia shot. 

Talk to your doctor or nurse about which shots you and your family need. 

Besides preventing you and others from getting sick, there’s another great benefit associated with getting immunized. For a complete list of immunizations and a schedule for receiving them, visit the CDC Immunization Schedules website.

To ensure vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety and efficacy, the CDC has measures in place to test and continuously monitor them. To learn more, visit the CDC Vaccine Safety website

Locally, back-to-school immunization events will be held on:

Saturday, August 5 

•First Baptist Fort Lauderdale Global Event Center, 301 East Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

•Blanche Ely High School, 1201 NW 6th Ave. in Pompano Beach, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Friday, August 11

•New Season Worship Center, 7280 W. Oakland Park Blvd. in Lauderhill, from 4–6 p.m.

Saturday, August 12

•Vince Torres Memorial Park, 4331 NW 36th St. in Lauderdale Lakes, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

•Apollo Park, 900 NE 18th Ave. in Pompano Beach, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Holy Cross Hospital Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center, 1000 NE 56th St. in Fort Lauderdale, from 9 a.m.–12 noon

Saturday, August 19

•Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The 2017 back-to-school immunizations events are offered in collaboration with: the Holy Cross Hospital's Community Outreach department; Arthur Ashe, Jr. Campus; Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church; First Baptist Fort Lauderdale Global Event Center; Blanche Ely High School; Sun-Ed High School; New Season Worship Center; Children’s Services Council; City of Lauderdale Lakes; the Broward Sheriff’s Office; and Mount Bethel Church.


[Disclaimer: Trinity Health is a Catholic health care facility that is firmly committed to maintaining fidelity to its Catholic identity by closely conforming to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs). 

CDC.gov and the links it provides are independent sites and have no obligation to provide information that is always congruent with the ERDs. Trinity Health cannot guarantee their content and ask for your discretion when using information from this site.]

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