August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual observance sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) to highlight the importance of vaccines for people of all ages.
Having our children vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health. Parents of babies starting at a new child care facility, toddlers heading to preschool, and students going back to elementary school need to check their child’s vaccination records. In addition, students in middle school, high school, and even college freshmen should make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date before heading back to class. Put immunizations on your child’s back-to-school checklist!
Current immunizations are also extremely important for adults. Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person’s age, occupation, or health conditions. All adults should check with their doctor or other health care providers to make sure they’re getting the vaccinations they need. See the NIAM adult immunizations page for more details.
Vaccinations are important for all ages because they protect not only the person receiving the vaccine, but also help prevent the spread of disease.
A media outreach toolkit is one of the new resources available this year to help people publicize immunization-related topics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated with the NPHIC to develop these communication toolkits to help spread the word about the importance of vaccinations. The toolkits include sample messages, media materials, social media messages, FAQs, and web links and resources; useful if you want to share this important message throughout your school, church, or workplace. The NIAM logos and banners page is where I found the graphics used in this blog post; they can be downloaded to highlight your participation in NIAM on your various social media profiles.
Additional information and resources:
- CDC website – https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html
- NPHIC website – https://www.nphic.org/niam
- vaccines.gov – https://www.vaccines.gov/
- healthfinder.gov – https://healthfinder.gov/nho/Augusttoolkit.aspx
- healthmap.org – http://www.healthmap.org/site/diseasedaily/article/national-immunization-awareness-month-immunizations-are-not-just-kids-82213