Department of Health: Vaccines aren’t just for children

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Health is recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month and reminding adults that vaccines aren’t just for children.

Tim Heath is the department’s immunization program coordinator. He says vaccine-preventable diseases affect people of all ages.

The department says National Immunization Awareness Month is a great opportunity to ensure adults are protected from diseases such as flu, tetanus and shingles.

The agency says that everyone over six months old should get the seasonal flu vaccine.