August is normally National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Every year during the whole month of August, promotion of protecting people of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination is observed. For the last couple of years the month has really extended through out the year due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
This year, NIAM serves as an important reminder to catch up on routine visits and vaccinations that may have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During NIAM, encourage your patients to schedule an appointment for their annual exams and recommend vaccinations for protection. Research has shown that healthcare providers are the most trusted source of vaccine information for parents and patients.
The CDC's NIAM web page includes two toolkits, one for reaching healthcare professionals and the other for reaching parents and patients. Both kits include key notifications, sample social media content, and educational resources. CDC encourages health care workers to share this information throughout August using the hashtag #ivax2protect.
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