The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month which just so happens to coincide with the beginning of the new school year. For those of us who are parents, we dread the day we must take our children for their required shots prior to attending daycare, preschool and big boy/girl school. However, we do it because we understand how these valuable vaccinations help prevent the spread of serious illnesses such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, whooping cough, etc. The series of shots our little ones begin as a newborn protect not only our children, but also all other children, family members and friends they will come in contact with. Although infants and school-age children are the first that come to mind when talking about immunizations, adults need vaccinations to stay healthy as well. It is recommended that all adults be vaccinated for influenza, pneumonia, tetanus and other vaccine-preventable diseases on a regular basis.
I want to take this opportunity to not only remind you of the importance of vaccinations, but also to make you aware that these immunizations may be covered by your health insurance. Employees and their dependents covered by health insurance such as the Montgomery Enterprises group health plan may receive vaccinations free of charge. A primary focus of many health insurance companies is the prevention of serious contagious diseases. Therefore, these companies will pay 100% of the cost of immunizations for both children and adults based on a pre-determined set of guidelines. Feel free to contact me for a list of immunizations and other wellness services covered by the Montgomery Enterprises group health insurance plan. Also, for a list of required and recommended immunizations, you may refer to the Center for Disease Control website or contact your local health department or primary health care provider. Remember, from infants to senior citizens, we never outgrow immunizations.
Vaccines are the tugboats of prevention health. – William Foege
Vaccines save lives; fear endangers them. It’s a simple message parents need to keep hearing. – Jeffrey Kluger