The Friday Five – National Immunization Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (@nphic), is observed each August in order to highlight the importance of vaccination at all ages. This week’s Friday Five includes new approaches to ensuring children and adults receive required vaccinations, why vaccination is important and what you need to know about vaccines.
Everyone Plays a Role in Improving Immunization Rates and Preventing Outbreaks
Childhood immunization rates in the United States remain high overall. Most parents — approximately 92% — choose to vaccinate their children. Yet, in some geographic pockets across the United States, an increasing number of parents are choosing to decline or delay childhood vaccines, leaving these communities vulnerable to outbreaks of diseases like measles observes Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health.
To mark National Immunization Awareness Month, @HHS_ASH discusses the value of vaccines for people of all ages, and the steps everyone can take to improve immunization rates and prevent outbreaks: https://t.co/PklAfs7lQU #ivax2protect #ThursdayMotivation pic.twitter.com/E4EowoAsOv
— HHS.gov (@HHSGov) August 8, 2019
Vaccines are Safe. Vaccines are Effective. Vaccines Save Lives.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides helpful tools and resources on the importance and power of immunizations. The organization encourages use of these tools to share messages with your networks.
It’s National Immunization Awareness Month! Learn more about why vaccines are so important to keep children healthy with resources from @AmerAcadPeds: https://t.co/6tedCBcDw0#VaccinesWork #Ivax2Protect pic.twitter.com/sobxs5GYkp
— Amer Acad Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds) August 1, 2019
Growing Up with Vaccines: What Should Parents Know?
Use this handy interactive guide from CDC (@CDCgov) and see what vaccines your child needs at every age. Follow the well visit links at the top to learn more about vaccine recommendations at each stage of life.
Vaccination is an important part of keeping kids healthy at every age. During National Immunization Awareness Month, learn about the vaccines your child needs with this interactive guide from @CDCgov: https://t.co/YrNSG4N4Wh #ivax2protect #MondayMotivation #MondayThoughts pic.twitter.com/ZGgIGrTzYQ
— HHS.gov (@HHSGov) August 5, 2019
McFarland Clinic on Pregnancy and Vaccines
During pregnancy, vaccinations are an important part of staying healthy. Getting vaccinated during pregnancy also helps you pass protection to your baby. Pregnancy is also a good time to start learning about vaccines to protect your unborn baby and your child after birth.
— McFarland Clinic (@mcfarlandclinic) August 8, 2019
Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations
Valuing Vaccinations Across the Generations is an awareness campaign launched by Generations United in partnership with The Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This campaign bridges the importance of immunizations within segmented groups into an intergenerational conversation within families and among generations. It is an international effort that promotes vaccinations through a lifespan approach by providing tools and resources to encourage intergenerational conversations. Use #bandAGEofhonor to follow the campaign.
— Generations United (@GensUnited) August 8, 2019