Vaccines or immunizations are an essential part of living a healthy life. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a reminder for people of all ages to get shots to protect them from serious and sometimes fatal diseases. There are helpful vaccines for all people, from birth to pregnancy and into later adulthood. Well planned vaccines can pass on immunity from mom to baby. Women who are planning to become pregnant need important vaccines to avoid complications during pregnancy and prevent certain birth defects due to diseases like Rubella, Measles and Mumps.