August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), a campaign aimed to encourage everyone to participate in routine vaccinations as well as advocate the importance of immunizations for all ages. Now more than ever, vaccines play an important part in helping protect our communities from preventable diseases in addition to reducing the risks of spreading new ones.
Why Is NIAM Important?
As COVID continues to drive patient behavior, vaccination rates have significantly decreased for a majority of younger children due for their annual immunizations. See this chart for more details. With school starting soon, NIAM presents an interesting challenge to the general public, especially parents, who now have the obligation to both protect their own children as well as others who could be susceptible to more health risks if we all do not practice safer vaccine habits.
Amongst the flu, HPV and meningitis, the three other most common vaccines are shingles, whooping cough and pneumococcal. Watch these "Best Shot" videos produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to learn more about the importance of these vaccinations.
Be sure to read through this CDC Toolkit for important information regarding NIAM and to learn how to best communicate the significance of vaccines and how they affect communities all around the world.
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