As an employer, you can make significant strides in improving your employees’ overall health by educating them about the importance of immunizations. As August officially kicks off National Immunization Awareness Month, now is the time to get your vaccinations up to date!
There are 3 primary reasons why it’s a good idea to get vaccinated:
1. Protect Yourself From Serious Diseases
Vaccinations introduce inactive parts of germs (viruses or bacteria) to your immune system so that it can help your body recognize them later. Because the immune system now recognizes the invader, it can more easily overpower this threat—should you be exposed to it again. This keeps you from literally becoming a germ factory.
2. Shield Your Co-workers and Family Members
Getting vaccinated is not just something you do for yourself. Keeping up with your vaccines also protects your neighbors, loved ones, and coworkers from harmful diseases. It’s simple: if your body recognizes a disease-causing agent in your system right away, it can fight it before you can spread it to others or get sick yourself.
3. Skip the Sick Days
Vaccines can keep you healthy and help you avoid missing work or time with your family and friends. As a busy adult in the workforce, staying up to date on your vaccinations helps you spend your time the way you want—instead of sick in bed.
Vaccines to Keep on Your Radar
All adults will want to have the following vaccines on your radar and make sure you are up to date:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- Td/Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
- Zoster (shingles)—usually given at age 60 and older
- Pneumococcal (for pneumonia)