Health Beat

* August is National Immunization Month and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want to remind people to be sure they’re up to date with tetanus/diphtheria/ pertussis, pneumococcus, human papilloma virus and influenza shots. Immunizations have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild polio virus in the United States and reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other life-threatening diseases, the CDC statement said.