An annual observance held every August promotes the National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The said program covers widespread information on the importance of vaccines for both the young and the old in order for them to be aware about how they can prevent deadly diseases.
The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) serves as the sponsor of NIAM.
The Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases works hand in hand with NPHIC to come up with communication toolkits that will further discuss vaccines to the public.
Each week of #NIAM16 will focus on topics intended for specific age groups:
- Adults (August 1-7)
- Pregnant women (August 8-14)
- Babies and young children (August 15-21)
- Preteens and teens (August 22-28)
An abbreviated toolkit is available to help parents be reminded of the vaccines needed by their school-aged children. Please visit the NIAM website to download the toolkits.
CDC has also provided several online resources to raise awareness on the importance of immunization, some of which include the following:
- Further information to parents on the importance of vaccine in protecting their children’s health.
- Motivate college students to see a healthcare professional to know what vaccines they may need before the school starts.
- Inform adults (elderly and those with chronic medical conditions) which vaccines are necessary that could help with their present state.
- Provide enough information to expectant mothers about being vaccinated to protect their unborn children from diseases like pertussis (whooping cough).
- Let everyone know that the flu season is just months away.