Vaccines save up to 3 million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization. They are safe, proven and effective, and protect our bodies against infectious diseases. To celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month, we’ve gathered some of our favorite resources about vaccines. Be in the know – check these out, and keep you and your family healthy and protected.
Why are vaccines important?
- Vaccines are safe and effective. Read this article to find out why, and help us fight against rumors and false information. Want even more information? Check out this great myth-busting article from PublicHealth.org.
- To learn more about why vaccines are important, check out our previous article.
What vaccines should children, teenagers and adults get?
- Click here to find the list of recommended vaccines for children, teenagers and adults – and for those who are traveling.
- What should parents know about vaccines for their kids? Read this simple – and informative – guide from the CDC.
- Adults need vaccines too! Listen to our podcast about five important vaccines for adults – and when you should get them. (Please note that this podcast was taped in 2020 before COVID-19 vaccines were available.)
- Adults – still unsure of the vaccines you might need? Wondering if you’re up to date? Use this easy tool from the CDC to see what shots you should get.
- Find all the information you need about COVID-19 vaccines on this CDC webpage.
- Listen to this podcast from Riverside Healthcare to learn about the flu vaccine, why it’s important, where you can get yours and more. (Please note that this podcast was taped in 2020 before COVID-19 vaccines were available.)
- Watch this short video from Springfield Clinic to learn why the HPV vaccine is so important for children.
- What vaccinations should pregnant women be up to date with? See this short article from Memorial Health.
And a few more great resources…
- Interested in science? Learn all about how vaccines work in this great article from OSF HealthCare.
- Does your child hate getting shots? Read these tips from Carle Health.
- Finally, test your knowledge of vaccines in this short quiz from FirstHealth of the Carolinas.
There you have it – plenty of great resources to learn more about vaccines. And remember, the specific shots you and your family need depend on things such as age, health condition, travel habits and more, so make sure you always talk to your doctor. They’ll know the vaccines you need – and when to get them – and they’ll help answer any other questions you may have.
For information on coverage and costs (if applicable) for vaccines, please see your health plan documents or call the number on the back of your member ID card. We’re always glad to answer your questions and give you the information you need.