Every year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of immunization and the need for improving national vaccination coverage levels. NIAM is co-sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) and CDC.
The 2018 edition of the communications toolkit, put out by NPHIC in collaboration with CDC, contains key messages, vaccine information, sample news releases and articles, sample social media messages, links to web resources from CDC and other organizations, and logos, web banners, posters, and graphics to use with social media. The website also includes a place for you to share your NIAM activities and view what others are doing for NIAM, using the hashtag #NIAM18.
The observance features a different group each week of August:
July 29–August 4—Back to School: Ready for school? Make sure those vaccine records are up to date!
August 5–11—Pregnant Women: Protect yourself and pass protection on to your baby
August 12–18—Babies and Young Children: A healthy start begins with on-time vaccinations
August 19–25—Preteens & teens: Ensure a healthy future with vaccines
August 26–31—Adults: Vaccines are not just for kids
Check out the toolkit here!