(WKTV) - August is National Immunization Awareness Month -- a time to remind you to roll up your sleeve and get a shot.
The director of health for Oneida County says it doesn't matter how old you are or what kind of ethnic background you have. Anyone can get a serious -- sometimes life-threatening -- disease, so it's important to be protected.
Recommended vaccinations begin at birth and continue throughout life. Some vaccines to consider include shingles, T-Dap, pneumonia and the flu shot.
"It's always important to keep your immunizations up to date, especially children going back to school," Phyllis Ellis, Oneida County health director said. "They need all those immunizations before school starts. Again, we'll be going into flu season. It feels like it never ended, but it will start back up in the fall."
The Oneida County Health Department gives shots in Utica on Mondays and Thursdays, and in Rome on Tuesdays. The Herkimer County Health Department runs a clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays.