Columbia, SC(WLTX)- August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is reminding everyone vaccinations are not just for children.

August 14th-21st is considered South Carolina Immunization Week. During this week, the South Carolina Immunization Coalition and its partners are encouraging all South Carolinians to get immunized to help protect against diseases and even prevent some cancers.

According to DHEC, Babies and young children aren’t the only ones that need immunizations. Vaccines are recommended for everyone throughout our lives. Preteens and teens need immunizations to protect against whooping cough, meningitis and certain types of cancers. Adults and seniors need immunizations to protect against serious diseases such as influenza (flu), whooping cough, shingles, and pneumonia.

“There is a misconception among many adults that vaccines are just for children,” said Lilian Peake MD, MPH, DHEC Director of Public Health. “The truth is that you never outgrow the need for immunizations.”

Immunizations are important because they not only protect the person being immunized, but they also help prevent the spread of diseases to others. This is especially important to those who are at a higher risk for getting some diseases or having a more serious illness if they were to get sick, like young children, older adults and those with health conditions.

The good news is that getting immunized is easier than you think. The SC Immunization Coalition and its partners are urging all South Carolinians to contact their health care provider, health department or pharmacist to find out which vaccines are right for you and your family.