PIERRE, S.D. – Every year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.
To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and to help remind adults that they need vaccines too – the South Dakota Department of Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. “There is a misconception among many adults that vaccines are just for children,” said Barbara Philips, nurse educator for the Department of Health immunization program. “The truth is, you never outgrow the need for immunizations.”