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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

People of all ages need immunizations. Families can protect their health with timely vaccinations against infectious diseases. From infants to elders, everyone should stay up to date with their shots.

What vaccines are right for you? View CDC recommendations. Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov

Learn more about the IHS-CDC partnership to reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases.

The HPV vaccine helps prevent cancer. Talk to a doctor about the HPV vaccine for your child when they turn 11. Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov

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August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week!

Make breastfeeding a family tradition. Five generations of women from the Navajo Kiyaa'aanii (Towering House Clan) have breastfed their children to give them a healthy start to life. Breastfed children have reduced rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, allergies, and asthma. Indian Health Service Baby-Friendly hospitals offer women the information, confidence, and skills they need to initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

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Congratulations to the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility!

In April, the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Chinle, Arizona was designated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. Chinle is now the 9th Indian Health Service hospital to be certified. As a result of striving for this designation, 75 percent of the Chinle's obstetric care unit nursing staff are now certified as lactation counselors. Baby-Friendly hospitals offer new mothers the information, confidence, and skills they need to initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

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ACA Monthly Special Enrollment Periods

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended on March 31. However, if you are a member of a federally recognized tribe, you're eligible for monthly special enrollment periods. This means you can still enroll in a health plan or make changes to your current health plan once per month. Please consider enrolling in the Marketplace and sharing this information with those you know who are eligible for enrollment. To enroll today, visit HealthCare.gov Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov.

For more information on how the Affordable Care Act impacts Indian Country, visit the IHS ACA website.

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