Immunization schedule not just for children

Each year, tens of thousands of people in the United States die from a variety of diseases that are preventable with proper vaccinations. This alarming fact from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sheds light on the importance of vaccination schedules for children and adults alike.Thought of only as a childhood practice, keeping up with your immunization schedule as an adult is just as important as it was when you were in grade school. Doing so can not only mean a difference between life and death, but it can potentially reduce medical expenses as well.August is National Immunization Awareness Month and Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) wants to remind families and individuals in the community to catch up on their vaccinations. This is especially important as the new school year begins.“Disease prevention is as simple as getting vaccinated in accordance to the recommended schedule designed to keep the public safe and healthy,” said Dody Barnes, RN, infection control practitioner at RPMH. “This isn’t a matter that just concerns our children. It affects college students and adults as well.”Immunizations helps keep individuals healthier and can reduce medical expenses by preventing illnesses that cause people to miss school and work. State law requires that public school and child-care facilities enforce vaccine requirements as a way to protect the public from preventable diseases. “If you are not sure where you or your children stand in terms of immunizations, it’s recommended that you speak with your physician,” said Best. “They can assess individual cases and recommend the correct vaccines to help keep you and your family safe.” For more information or to view the recommended vaccine schedule, visit, or contact Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital at 325-235-1701 for more information.About Rolling Plains Memorial HospitalRolling Plains Memorial Hospital provides healthcare for those in the communities they serve. Founded in 1976, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital offers a wealth of medical services including: 24 hour emergency care, advanced radiology services including CT scanning and MRIs, outpatient lab, physical therapy, surgical services, swing bed services, patient education and more.