Welcome – August is National Immunization Month

Welcome to the Highlands County Immunization Task Force Website.

Did you know that August is National Immunization Awareness Month?  Please read the announcement from Florida Immunization Section Administrator, Mr. Charles Alexander.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and this year, the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), in collaboration with the CDC, has developed a communication toolkit for you to use to highlight the importance of immunizations as one of the top public health accomplishments of the past century. NPHIC urges the public health community to put the toolkit’s sample tweets, Facebook posts, articles and other materials to good use. Please be sure to sign up as a partner. It is important to do all you can to promote NIAM as vaccination rates for some diseases are lagging behind public health goals. We also need to remind people that immunizations are needed throughout the lifetime. Therefore, each week of the month is devoted to a specific age group:

Off To College: Young Adults (August 4-10)

Back To School: Children, Pre-Teens & Teens (August 11-17)

Not Just For Kids: Adults (August 18-24)

A Healthy Start: Babies & Pregnant Women (August 25-31)

The toolkit is available at: http://www.nphic.org/niam.

Additionally, CDC develops immunization materials our partners can use in local outreach and education efforts during NIAM and year-round.  Visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/partners/events/niam.html for materials you can use during NIAM to

•Encourage parents of young children to get recommended immunizations by age two; reach out with posters, video PSAs, tweets, Facebook posts, and more

•Help parents make sure older children, preteens, and teens have received all recommended vaccines by the time they go back to school

•Remind college students to catch up on immunizations before they move into dormitories

•Educate adults, including healthcare workers, about vaccines and boosters they may need

•Educate pregnant women about getting vaccinated to protect newborns from diseases like whooping cough (pertussis)

•Remind everyone that the next flu season is only a few months away

Please distribute this important information to colleagues, members, coalitions, and partners who provide or have an interest in immunizations. Please place this information prominently on your website.   Contact Laura Rutledge, RN regarding vaccine recommendations or John Keegan regarding this observance at (850) 245-4342.

Charles H. Alexander, Administrator
Immunization Section
Bureau of Communicable Diseases
Division of Disease Control and Health Protection

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