Health Awareness

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Visit our office to review and update your Tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccine.

Call now at 617-627-6500

(An appointment is encouraged, but walk-ins are Welcome)

You can also come to OHS mobile vaccine clinic to update your vaccine. 

Check out OHS mobile vaccine clinic date, time, and location on the News & Event page

Do you know?

  • CDC estimates that flu has resulted in 9 million – 41 million illnesses, 140,000 – 710,000 hospitalizations, and 12,000 – 52,000 deaths annually in the US between 2010 and 2020.
  • A total of 13,859 new cases of chronic hepatitis B were reported to CDC in 2019, corresponding to a rate of 5.9 cases per 100,000 population; 47% occurred among persons aged 30–49 years.

Five Important Reasons for you to get vaccinated

1. You may be at risk of severe diseases that are still common in the U.S.

     Even if you got all your vaccines as a child, the protection from some vaccines could wear off over time. You may also risk other diseases due to

     age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions.

2. You can’t afford to risk getting sick.

    Even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work or school. If you’re sick, you may be unable to take care of your family or other

    responsibilities.

3. You Can Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Disease

    Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses to help you safely develop immunity to disease. This lowers your chances of getting certain  

    diseases and suffering from their complications. For instance:

  • The Hepatitis B vaccine reduces your risk of liver cancer.
  • HPV vaccine reduces your risk of cervical cancer.
  • The flu vaccine lowers your risk of heart attacks or other flu-related complications from existing health conditions like diabetes and chronic lung disease.

4. Vaccines lower your chance of spreading disease.

  • Some people in your family or community may not be able to get certain vaccines due to their age or health condition. They rely on you to help prevent the spread of disease.
  • Infants, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems (like those undergoing cancer treatment) are especially vulnerable to infectious diseases.

5. Vaccines are one of the safest ways to protect your health.

    Vaccine side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. Severe side effects are very rare.

Based on your age, health conditions, work vaccines you received as a child, and other factors,

you may need additional vaccines such as:

• Chickenpox

• Hepatitis A

• Hepatitis B

• Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

• MMR

• Meningococcal (Miningitis vaccine)

• Pneumococcal (Pneumonia vaccine)

• Shingles

References

Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Report 2019 – Introduction

Disease Burden of Flu

3 Important Reasons For Adults to Get Vaccinated

Why Vaccines are Important for You