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National Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccines protect you all year round, but August is a great time to get vaccinated. In August, as summer winds down, it’s a good time for you and your family to make plans to get the flu vaccine and other vaccines such as Human papilloma virus (HPV), Hepatitis A, etc. The flu vaccine usually becomes available in mid- to late-August. Getting the vaccine early can help prevent you and your family members from getting the flu throughout all of flu season. You can learn more about the flu and flu vaccine at Flu.gov. Vaccines are the best defense we have against the flu and other serious infectious diseases, and it’s important to make sure that you’re up to date on all recommended vaccines. Use National Immunization Awareness Month as your chance to make sure that all your vaccinations are current. Talk with your healthcare provider about what vaccines you and your family need!

The National Public Health Information Coalition created a toolkit to promote the importance of immunizations during National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), which occurs every August. We encourage you to use the valuable resources in this toolkit throughout the year. Vaccines are available at private doctor’s offices, as well as other convenient locations such as pharmacies, workplaces, community health clinics, and health departments. We can all use this month to raise awareness about vaccines and share strategies to increase immunization rates with our community. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Talk to friends and family members about how vaccines aren’t just for kids. People of all ages can get shots to protect them from serious diseases.
  • CDC develops immunization materials our partners can use in local outreach and education efforts during NIAM and throughout the year.
  • Encourage people in your community to get the flu vaccine every year. For more info, click here.