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August 9, 2019

New Research Guide for National Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccine-preventable diseases are still a threat to children and adults of all ages. This year’s measles outbreaks are a reminder of how quickly these diseases can spread when people aren’t properly vaccinated. Earlier this year Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency after local public health officials confirmed an outbreak of Measles in Clark County. There are now 85 confirmed cases of Measles in Washington state so far this year.* By ensuring your patients get recommended vaccines, you can help protect them from unnecessary suffering. For example, every year, flu vaccines prevent countless illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths. During the 2017-2018 flu season, approximately 7 million illnesses, 109,000 hospitalizations, and 8,000 deaths were prevented by flu vaccines.**

See the latest information from the CDC on the 2019-2020 Flu season and check out our newly published Guide to Vaccines & Immunizations for up-to-date and trustworthy vaccination resources for both health care providers and patients, because getting vaccines at the recommended time is the best way to protect against serious diseases.

*as of July 16, 2019. Source: Washington State Department of Health

**Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases