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GAINESVILLE, TX – August is National Immunization Awareness Month. North Texas Medical Center is proud to help raise community awareness of the valuable vaccines that provide protection from serious and debilitating diseases. These preventable diseases include COVID-19, shingles, pneumonia, chicken pox, influenza viruses and more.

Vaccines protect individuals and communities from heretofore unstoppable scourges that previously killed millions. In areas and populations that spurned vaccines or in places where they were unavailable, many people would suffer needlessly.

“Vaccines are a front-line defense against infectious diseases,” said NTMC Chief Nursing Officer Bonnie Hess. “We all share a personal responsibility to get vaccinated and protect ourselves and our community from debilitating diseases.”

Vaccines stimulate the body’s immune system to repel specific, targeted diseases.

Regarding COVID-19, global public health experts agree that the COVID-19 virus, the Omicron offshoot, and potential sub viruses are here to stay. Wearing masks when mandated or by choice, staying in well-ventilated areas and getting vaccinated help stabilize the viral spread.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers online resources to help ensure kids are up to date on recommended vaccines and protected from serious diseases. To stay safe and protected from certain diseases, create a vaccine checklist for family members.

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