Office for the Aging


August is National Immunization Awareness Month

With another New York State summer beginning to wind down and fall just around the corner, August is a good time to schedule an appointment for a flu shot. Many doctors' offices begin taking appointments for shots at this time—which is, in part, why August has been named National Immunization Awareness Month.

Older adults and children are more susceptible to illness; therefore, it is important for these individuals to take preventative measures. A flu shot can make the difference between a healthy fall—and an unhealthy one.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides detailed information about immunizations and health. Many vaccinations, health check-ups, and screenings are free for older New Yorkers under Medicare. A comprehensive list of free check-ups is available on the NYSOFA website.

Other New York State Resources

The New York State Department of Health is a great resource for information about preventative health care. Information about vaccinations for adults, children, and those with special needs is available on the department's website.