August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Vaccines are an important step in protecting against serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Immunizations are especially important for older adults and for adults with chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, diabetes, or heart disease. Medicare covers a number of vaccines for beneficiaries under Medicare Part B and the Medicare prescription drug plans (Part D). For more information, contact Vivian Hollifield, Yancey Co. SHIIP Coordinator, at 828-682-6186.