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August 2014 is National Immunization Awareness Month

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Margo Kerrigan, M.P.H, Area Director

Indian Health Service California Area Office




National Immunization Awareness Month

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Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis, adults need to get their shots – just like kids do.

National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date 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 strategies to increase immunization rates with our community.

The California Area-wide final results for the 3 GPRA immunization measures in 2013 were:

Adult Influenza 65+ : 57.5%

Adult Pneumovax 65+ : 83.9%

Childhood Immunizations (4313*314): 62.2%

Get Involved

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Talk to friends and family members about how vaccines aren’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 it’s important for all kids to get vaccinated

Take action to raise awareness about the importance of 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. Include helpful facts and phone numbers
  • Partner with a school nurse to host an educational event for parents about the importance of immunizations
  • Post fliers around your office to remind people to get their shots.
  • Work with local summer camps to make sure children get important shots before attending camp
Share These Resources

Health Topics:

Get Important Shots
http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/doctor-visits/shotsvaccines/get-important-shots Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov

Get a Shot to Prevent Pneumonia
http://www.healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/doctor-visits/shotsvaccines/get-a-pneumonia-shot Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

Get Your Child’s Shots on Schedule
http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/doctor-visits/shotsvaccines/get-your-childs-shots-on-schedule Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

Get Your Pre-teen’s Shots on Schedule
http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/doctor-visits/shotsvaccines/get-your-pre-teens-shots-on-schedule Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

Prepare for a Flu Pandemic
http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/everyday-healthy-living/safety/prepare-for-a-flu-pandemic Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

Protect Yourself from Seasonal Flu
http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/doctor-visits/shotsvaccines/protect-yourself-from-seasonal-flu Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

Healthy People Topic Area

Immunization and Infections Diseases 
http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/overview.aspx?topicid=23 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

Personal Health Tools

Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz
http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultImmSched/ Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

Childhood Immunization Scheduler
http://www2a.cdc.gov/nip/kidstuff/newscheduler_le Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

Flu Clinic Locator
http://flushot.healthmap.org/ Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

Traveling Outside the U.S.
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

Catch-up Immunization Schedule
https://www.vacscheduler.org/scheduler.html?v=patient Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

Other Resources

http://www.healthfinder.gov/FindServices/SearchContext.aspx?topic=2158 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov 

For more information and materials, contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/ Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  at cdcinfo@cdc.gov

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