Vaccines (shots) help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. National Immunization Awareness Month is the perfect time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and co-workers to get caught up on their shots.
How can National Immunization Awareness Month make a difference?
We can all use this month to raise awareness about vaccines and share what we know with our community.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Talk to friends and family members about how vaccines arenâ€™t just for kids. People of all ages can get shots to protect them from serious diseases.
- Encourage people in your community to get the flu shot every year.
- Invite a doctor or nurse to speak to parents about why itâ€™s important for all kids to get their shots.
How can I help spread the word?
Weâ€™ve made it easier for you to make a difference! This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
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Take action to raise awareness about immunizations.
- Organize a free or low-cost immunization clinic at a local community or health center.
- Distribute vaccination record cards with space for people to record the names and dates of their shots along with helpful facts and phone numbers.
- Partner with a school nurse and host an educational event for parents about the importance of immunizations.
- Post immunization reminder fliers around your office.
- Work with local summer camps to make sure children get important shots before attending camp.
Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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