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Vaccines are a lifelong public health tool

Vaccines are a lifelong public health tool

Many Marylanders likely associate vaccines with the changing seasons. When summer comes to an end, we make sure to bring our kids to the doctor for their back-to-school vaccines. When winter approaches, we make sure that we, and our family, get our flu shot. Often local governments and physicians use these seasonal milestones to remind, and encourage, families to make sure they are vaccinated. However, there is a downside if we just take a seasonal approach to vaccines.

Being inoculated — protected against often deadly diseases — is something individuals should make sure to do not only during certain seasons or early on in life, but throughout the course of our lives. Yet too many...