Health Department urges young adult vaccinations

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — They Vermont Health Department is urging young adults to be sure they are up to date with their vaccinations.

The Health Department is joining with other groups across the country by recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

Every year, thousands of young adults suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, and even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines.

Immunization Program Chief Chris Finley says the state needs to remind young adults to get vaccinated to be sure they are protected against diseases like flu and whooping cough.

Influenza, for example, can sicken people of all ages, but less than one third of young adults receive the annual flu vaccine.

Young adults should talk to their health care providers to determine which vaccines are right for them.

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