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National Immunization Awareness Month

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Jessica Shaw

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. 

Fast Facts About Vaccinations

In relation to how many people are currently avoiding primary care visits like early age vaccinations or annual evaluations, exams and treatments, how do you think this limited accessibility to healthcare is going to affect our immunity against the CoronaVirus or will it make any difference at all? Just last year, in 2019, an estimated 14 million children around the world did not receive vaccinations. Take a look at these compelling facts from UNICEF about how vaccinations work, who they benefit and why they matter. 

How Vaccinations Work

What Are The Three Most Common Vaccines? 

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. 

NIAM Resources

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. 

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/index.html

This vaccination schedule, provided by the CDC, offers an extensive overview of who, what and when to vaccinate all ages ranging from newborns - 6 years, 7-18 years and even adults. 

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child-easyread.html

Take a look at this interactive map, presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics, that showcases children immunization rates across the United States. https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/immunizations/Pages/Across-America.aspx


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