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National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) 2019
 

Measles and other diseases are making headlines all over the country, and that is an important reminder that everybody, young, old and in between, needs immunizations to keep them healthy.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), and the County’s Health and Human Services Agency urges everyone to make sure they have the shots they need.

NIAM celebrates the benefits of vaccination and its importance for people of all ages. NIAM features several themes related to the overall purpose of the observance, one monthly and four weekly.

Throughout August: Ready for school? Be sure—check your kids’ vaccine records!—(School-Aged Children)

This is a reminder to parents to check their kids' shot records to make sure they have all the shots needed for school entry.

The weekly themes are:

Week 1: (Aug. 4-10) Pregnant Women: Protect yourself and your baby.
Week 2: (Aug.11-17) Infants and Young Children: A healthy start begins with on-time vaccinations.
Week 3: (Aug. 18-24) Preteens/Teens: Ensure a healthy future with vaccines.
Week 4: (Aug. 25-31) Adults: Vaccines are not just for kids.

Each theme corresponds to a different age group. By focusing on different ages, National Immunization Awareness Month reminds us that all ages need immunizations to help protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Babies need shots at birth, 2, 4, 6, and 12-15 months to protect against 14 serious diseases like measles, whooping cough and flu. Older children, preteens and teens also need vaccine protection from diseases, and some shots are required before child care and school entry.

But vaccines aren’t just for kids. Adults need protection from diseases like meningococcal disease, pneumonia and whooping cough. Pregnant women should get Tdap vaccine in the 3rd trimester of every pregnancy, to help protect them and their babies from whooping cough. And everyone age 6 months and older needs a seasonal flu shot every year.

Vaccines protect against serious diseases like measles, flu, whooping cough and hepatitis. It’s important to know which shots you need to get and when to get them. Immunization is a key part of Live Well San Diego, a countywide vison to improve the health and well-being of our community. When people choose to get immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, they build better health in their community, contributing to the Live Well San Diego vision of a Healthy, Safe and Thriving San Diego County.

Babies need shots at birth, 2, 4, 6, and 12-15 months to protect against diseases like measles and whooping cough. Older kids also need vaccine protection from diseases—especially before they start school. And some shots are required before school entry.

Adults need shots, too—they aren’t automatically immune to diseases like meningococcal disease or pneumonia. Pregnant women should get a Tdap vaccine in the 3rd trimester of every pregnancy, to help protect their babies from pertussis. And everyone age 6 months and older needs a seasonal flu shot every year.

Talk to your health care provider to make sure that everyone in the family gets the shots they need.

Find out more information about immunizations and the diseases they protect against by visiting the websites listed below, and help spread the word about immunization by tweeting with the hashtag #NIAM19.

San Diego Immunization Coalition website
www.sdizcoalition.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccines and Immunizations Page
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/

ShotByShot.org – Stories of vaccine-preventable diseases
http://shotbyshot.org

California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch Main Page https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/immunize.aspx

California Department of Public Health Shots for School Page
www.shotsforschool.org

US Department of Health and Human Services Vaccines website
www.vaccines.gov/

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center
www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center/home.html

Vaccinate Your Baby
www.vaccinateyourbaby.org/

California Immunization Coalition
www.immunizeca.org

 

NIAM Materials

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Introductory E-Mail

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NIAM Ready for School Instagram graphic

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