GENESEO, N.Y., Aug. 25, 2023 – August is National Immunization Awareness Month and the Livingston County Department of Health is encouraging residents to speak with their healthcare provider about the importance of staying up-to-date on vaccines to prevent serious illness and the spread of disease throughout our communities.
Vaccines affect not only you and your family, but the whole community. Herd immunity, or community immunity, is when a large percentage of a population is vaccinated against an illness, which then protects the entire community- even those who cannot get vaccinated, such as infants or those with compromised immune systems.
Currently, there are vaccines to prevent more than 20 life-threatening diseases, helping people of all ages live longer, healthier lives. Immunization currently prevents 3.5-5 million deaths every year from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza and measles. Additionally, vaccines have been developed that are effective in preventing influenza and COVID-19 infections, which significantly reduce burdens and strains placed on healthcare systems throughout the world.
The Livingston County Department of Health encourages you to speak to your healthcare provider to ensure that you and your family are up-to-date on recommended vaccines. The Livingston County Department of Health offers immunizations for children and adults by appointment only.
For more information, please visit the Livingston County Department of Health’s website or call 585-243-7299. To learn more about the benefits of vaccinations, please visit the World Health Organization’s official website.
About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.
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