National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.
The National Public Health Information Coalition in collaboration with CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, developed communication toolkits to help you communicate about vaccines for various audiences.
Each week of #NIAM17 focuses on a different stage of the lifespan:
- Babies and young children (July 31-August 6)
- Pregnant women (August 7-13)
- Adults (August 14-20)
- Preteen/Teen (August 21-27)
- Back to School (July/August)
Healthcare Professionals are key to raising awareness about the importance of vaccination. NIAM is great opportunity to remind your audiences about the benefits of immunization and the safety of vaccines. Next month, show your support and spread the word about the importance of vaccines for people of all ages.