National Immunization Awareness Month

by Dawn Huffman
Mille Lacs Health System

We all need immunizations to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, Mille Lacs Health System is participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.

Vaccinations can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and pneumonia. It’s important to know which vaccinations you need and when to get them.
Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu vaccine every year. Other vaccinations work best when they are given at certain ages.

It is also important to note that protection from vaccines received as a child can wear off over time. Adults and children may be at risk for new and different diseases. The need for immunization doesn’t end at adulthood. As we age, we may be at risk for other illnesses, like shingles.

Within every age category, there are vaccines that protect not only you but those you love. Diseases like whooping cough and polio are making a resurgence. Teens should be protected by the HPV vaccine, even if they are not sexually active. The meningitis vaccine is important for college-age students. Older adults can benefit from both the pneumonia and shingles vaccine. Check schedules below, to find out in detail which vaccines are suggested for all age groups.

Mille Lacs Health System participates in the Minnesota Immunization Information connection (MIIC), which keeps a record of a person’s vaccinations. If you cannot find your vaccination record and you received your vaccinations in Minnesota, you can visit the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) at If you received your vaccinations in other states, contact that state’s department of health. It is very important to keep a copy of your vaccination record. Keep it in a safe place. You may need it for certain jobs or if you travel outside the United States.

MLHS participates in both the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program, and the UUAV adult vaccine program, which offer free vaccines for uninsured, underinsured, and in some cases those with high deductible plans.

Speak with your healthcare provider today to make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations, and to see if you are eligible for no-cost vaccinations.



Schedule Birth-18 years:


Schedule 7-18 years:


Catch-up Schedule:


Instant Childhood Immunization Schedule:


Schedule Adult Vaccines: