Just in time for back-to-school, August is National Immunization Awareness month. Over the years, we have seen vaccines virtually eliminate diseases that in the past have taken a terrible toll, including polio and smallpox.
Most often we think of vaccinations for children, especially small children, but immunizations are important in all stages of life — before birth, infancy, childhood, and adulthood. Each week of this month is devoted to a different stage. This week, the focus is on vaccines for pregnant women.