Illinois public health officials are urging everyone to get up to date on their vaccinations.
Illinois Department of Public Health spokesperson Melaney Arnold says vaccines protect babies from 14 diseases by the time they reach the age of two. It is also important they receive all doses on time.
The vaccines provide the best protection against diseases like mumps, measles, polio and chicken pox. Some vaccines are required before a child goes back to school, such as the chicken pox vaccine.
Adults need to get vaccinated, as well, such as their annual flu shot and a tetanus shot every ten years. Seniors are advised to get the shingles and pneumococcal vaccines.
Arnold says getting immunized is not just about protecting yourself. It’s also about preventing the spread of disease, especially to those too young to be vaccinated and those with compromised immune systems.
More information about immunizations, including vaccination schedules for infants, children, teen and adults can be found HERE.
Adults can take a vaccine quiz to see what vaccines are recommended HERE.