Recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)
Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being vaccinated against infectious diseases. In 2015, the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) is coordinating NIAM activities.
Get Toolkits to Help You Raise Awareness About Immunization
The National Immunization Awareness Month Communication Toolkit is being developed by NPHIC, in collaboration with CDC, to help you communicate the importance of vaccination throughout the lifespan. Each week of NIAM will focus on a different stage of the lifespan:
- Preteens and Teens (Aug. 2-8)
- Pregnant Women (Aug. 9-15)
- Adults (Aug. 16-22)
- Infants and Children (Aug. 23-29)
There will also be a Time for School toolkit available in advance of NIAM to assist you with communicating about vaccines children, preteens, and teens need before the school year starts.
The toolkits include key messages, sample media materials, social media content, and event ideas. There will also be eye-catching NIAM logos and banners for each weekly theme to place on your websites and social media platforms. These branding elements highlight your participation in NIAM.
A key message for our nation
People of all ages can protect their health with timely vaccination.
Find CDC Resources for National Immunization Awareness Month
CDC develops immunization materials our partners can use in local outreach and education efforts during NIAM and year-round. Below are links to materials you can use during NIAM to
- Encourage parents of young children to get recommended immunizations by age two; reach out with posters, video PSAs, tweets [2 pages], Facebook posts [3 pages], and more
- Help parents make sure older children, preteens, and teens have received all recommended vaccines by the time they go back to school; share information geared toward parents of 9-18 year olds.
- Remind college students to catch up on immunizations before they move into dormitories
- Educate adults, including healthcare workers, about vaccines and boosters they may need
- Educate pregnant women about getting vaccinated to protect newborns from diseases like whooping cough (pertussis)
- Remind everyone that the next flu season is only a few months away
Check with your state or local health department to see if they have additional immunization resources you can use during NIAM, or plans to celebrate the month.
Images and logos on this website which are trademarked/copyrighted or used with permission of the trademark/copyright or logo holder are not in the public domain. These images and logos have been licensed for or used with permission in the materials provided on this website. The materials in the form presented on this website may be used without seeking further permission. Any other use of trademarked/copyrighted images or logos requires permission from the trademark/copyright holder...more
This graphic notice means that you are leaving an HHS Web site. For more information, please see the Exit Notification and Disclaimer policy.