Excellus Bluecross BlueShield logo
Login | Register | Forgot Username | Forgot Password
Quick Links
Program Offerings
By Phone
By Email
By Mail
Visit Us In-Person
News & Updates
Print Forms
About Us
Compliance Notices
Broker News | Vol. 8, No. 15 | July 26, 2013
Broker News | Vol. 8, No. 15 | July 26, 2013

August is National Immunizations Month: Are You Up to Date?

Vaccines (shots) help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. National Immunization Awareness Month is the perfect time to promote vaccines and remind your clients, family, friends, and co-workers to get caught up on their shots.

What are immunizations?

Immunizations save lives. They are the best way to help protect you or your child from certain infectious diseases. They also help reduce the spread of disease to others and prevent epidemics. Most are given as shots. They are sometimes called vaccines, or vaccinations.

In many cases when you get a vaccine, you get a tiny amount of a weakened or dead form of the organism that causes the disease. This amount is not enough to give you the actual disease. But it is enough to cause your immune system to make antibodies that can recognize and attack the organism if you are ever exposed to it.

Sometimes a vaccine does not completely prevent the disease, but it will make the disease much less serious if you do get it.

Some immunizations are needed only one time. Others require several doses over time to help your body be able to fight the disease (build immunity).

Immunizations | Immunization questions parents ask | More about vaccines and immunizations from the CDC

 

Home     News & Updates    Print Forms    About Us    Fraud & Abuse    Glossary    Accreditations   
Copyright © 2014, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. All rights reserved. View our Privacy Policy for information on how we protect your privacy. Use of this site indicates your acceptance of our Terms of Use. Follow this link to view our 31 county New York State service area. You will need Internet Explorer or Firefox to use the secure features of this site.