National Immunization Awareness Month
During August, which is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), the National Public Health Information Coalition promotes the importance of immunizations with their communications toolkit and encourage people to use the valuable resources in this toolkit throughout the year.
The Importance of Getting Vaccinated
Protecting the health of children and others by getting your child vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents or guardians can do. Check with your child’s doctor, school or the local health department for more information about recommended and required vaccinations.
Child care facilities, preschool programs, schools and colleges are prone to disease outbreaks and children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another, so serious health consequences can arise if children are not vaccinated.
Additionally, states may require children who are entering child care or school to be vaccinated against certain diseases. Find Ohio’s Immunization Summary for School Attendance Ohio here. Colleges and universities may have their own requirements, especially for students living in residence halls.
A major risk of spreading diseases is infecting babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions. Vaccines are recommended for adults based on age, health conditions, job, travel, and other factors. Think you already know about adult vaccinations? Take The Adult Vaccine Quiz on CDC’s website.
Whether you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or just had a baby, there are vaccines you may need to protect yourself and your baby. Learn more about vaccinations and pregnancy here, or if you think you already know everything, take our Vaccines for Pregnant Women Quiz.
During this awareness month, you can download and distribute flyers, posters, and fact sheets in your communities using NPHIC’s communications toolkit which has links to immunization resources from several partner organizations. Check with your state or local health department to see if they have additional immunization resources you can use.