Review and, if needed, renew your vaccinations

August is Immunization Awareness Month

As we observe Immunization Awareness Month this August, we want to underscore the importance of vaccines and acquaint you with the wealth of resources that our state offers to keep your immunizations current.

Vaccines are an essential part of aging healthily and confidently. Especially those age 50 and older need regular immunizations to protect against severe and potentially lethal diseases. Our immune systems tend to weaken with age, making us more susceptible. Don’t let disease slow you down; stay on track with routine immunizations.

Stay up to date on routine vaccines

Now is as good a time as any to check with your health care provider on routine vaccines for adults 50 and older.

Tdap vaccine. While most adults have received a Tdap vaccine earlier in life, a booster shot every 10 years helps keep you protected against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

Shingles vaccine. Adults 50 and older are recommended to receive two doses of shingles vaccine (Shingrix). Even if you have already had chickenpox or shingles, getting vaccinated can boost your immunity.

Pneumococcal vaccine. The CDC recommends all adults age 65 and older get pneumococcal vaccination. This vaccine helps protect you from serious infection, including pneumonia.

Hepatitis B vaccine. Protects against certain types of cancer and is recommended for adults who are 19 to 59 years old and for those 60 or older with risk factors for hepatitis B infection.

Flu vaccine. An annual seasonal flu vaccine helps prevent potentially serious illness from the flu. It is recommended adults age 65 and older receive a higher-dose version flu vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of getting seriously sick from COVID. Maximize protection by staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines.

Visit http://www.vaccinate.alaska.gov to find an adult immunization schedule or talk to your health care provider.

Check your records

Not sure if you are up to date on your vaccines? There are several ways to access your immunization records.

Download the docket app and view your record. This mobile application allows you to review vaccines received in Alaska and check what vaccines you may be due for. Download the free app to your mobile device from the App Store or Google Play Store. For help, email doh.dph.epi.docket@alaska.gov or call 907-646-3322 or 833-482-9546 (toll-free).

Request records by fax or mail. The Alaska Department of Health can fax or mail vaccination records. Visit vaccinationrecords.alaska.gov to learn more.

Request records through your health care provider. Patients can request copies of their immunization records through their health care provider.

A community effort

Vaccines aren’t just about keeping you healthy. They’re about safeguarding our entire community. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and do our part to keep Alaska safe and healthy.

Please note that vaccinations are usually available at multiple health fairs. Visit http://www.alaskahealthfair.org for our health fair schedule. Let’s make Immunization Awareness Month a resounding success. Stay safe and healthy.

This article is provided by the Alaska Department of Health Immunization Program and Alaska Health Fair, Inc. a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

 
 
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