August is National Immunization Awareness Month (#NIAM18). The purpose of this observance is to highlight the importance of immunizations, one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th Century, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Each week of August will feature a specific theme:

• July 29 through August 4 - Back to School: Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases.

• August 5 through August 11 - Pregnant Women: Protect yourself and pass protection on to your baby.

• August 12 through August 18 - Babies and Young Children: A healthy start begins with on-time vaccinations.

• August 19 through August 25 - Preteens/Teens: Ensure a healthy future with vaccines.

• August 26 through August 31 - Adults: Vaccines are not just for kids.

The Immunization Program will be posting an article on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health blog each week to correspond with the particular theme of National Immunization Awareness Month. You can look at both the blog and twitter throughout the month to see the corresponding articles/tweets for each week. Please feel free to forward the blog article in any way you see fit. You can also retweet the DPH tweets throughout the month to show your support of National Immunization Awareness Month. If you would like more information about the entire NIAM series, CDC partnered with the National Public Health Information Coalition to create a NIAM toolkit featuring talking points, posters, Facebook posts, and much more.

Please let Rebecca Vanucci know if you have any questions about National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM#18).

Thank you for your work ensuring that Massachusetts stays healthy and fully vaccinated!

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