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ADPH encourages vaccines during National Immunization Awareness Month

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the Alabama Department of Public Health is encouraging vaccinations for children and adults.

“It’s not just for kids. So, although kids are starting school this week and we are emphasizing daycare and school vaccines, there are vaccines for preteens, adolescents, also for adults and the elderly," said Cindy Lesinger, the immunization division director for the state of Alabama. "So there are now vaccines throughout the lifespan, and we want to make sure that people don’t think ‘well once I get them for school, I’m done,’ that’s not true.”

Each week this month will highlight a different group of people.

“The first week is for infants to make sure that all the children who are not in daycare are still getting vaccinated. The next week is for older children, and so it’s just highlighting each week a different group of people who need to be vaccinated. So there’s adults and pregnant women, adolescents, preteens, children and infants,” Lesinger said.

With school back in session, Lesinger is worried for the children who aren’t vaccinated.

"They're in those smaller, densely populated rooms, and of course we're not saying 30 people is densely populated, but compared to any other setting you normally don't have 30 people in a room," Lesinger said. "And so they're coming from all different backgrounds and communities, and they're coming together, so we just need to make sure that everybody has that protection for as many diseases as possible."

According to Lesinger, all studies linking specific medical conditions, like autism, to vaccines have been debunked, but that doesn’t stop some from thinking otherwise.

“There have been many studies that have been made since then that shows absolutely no correlation between autism and vaccines, and I would just ask that they look at all studies that are out there and not just the ones that claim to cause autism,” Lesinger said.

According to the ADPH, when children are not vaccinated, they are at an increased risk for diseases and are more likely to spread those diseases to others in their classroom and community. 

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