National Immunization Awareness Month

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Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the need for improving national immunization coverage levels. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases.

Here's more information about NIAM and resources to use in your pharmacy.

Help spread the Word

Keep your patients and community healthy by reminding them of their needed immunizations. The below posts can be used across your social media platforms to help spread the message of getting immunizations. Feel free to edit the messages in any way or create your own. Don't be afraid to use a bit of humor when spreading the word on immunizations. You may want to run the message by a co-worker to make sure they understand and appreciate the humor before posting. Don't forget, you can spread the word of the the importance of immunizations year round, not just during the month of August.

Facebook Posts

  • If you have a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, getting vaccine-preventable diseases like flu and pneumonia can lead to serious complications, hospitalization or even death. Protect yourself – get vaccinated.
  • Adults need vaccines, too. We all need protection from the serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional which vaccines are recommended for you.
  • Vaccines aren’t just for kids. Help protect yourself and your family from disease by getting vaccinated. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider which vaccines are recommended for you.
  • Do you know which vaccines you need? Here’s a hint: All adults should be vaccinated against flu, tetanus and whooping cough. Ask your doctor which other vaccines are recommended for you.
  • Some things you outgrow as an adult. Immunizations aren’t one of them. Nearly a dozen vaccines are recommended for certain adults. Talk to your health care provider, your public health department, or visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines to find out which immunizations you might need.
  • If you’re not up-to-date with your vaccines, you’re vulnerable to a number of serious diseases like flu, hepatitis and pneumococcal disease. These diseases can be serious, even deadly – but they can be prevented with vaccines.
  • Do your fall and winter plans include nausea, fever, muscle aches and fatigue? If not, visit your health care professional, public health department, or local pharmacy and get a flu shot. The influenza vaccine is recommended for all adults – especially those 65 years and older and pregnant women.
  • Whooping cough can cause serious, sometimes even fatal, complications in infants and young children. Protect your kids by making sure you, and anyone else who spends time around them, are up to date on your whooping cough vaccine.

Twitter Posts

  • Vaccination is our best defense against some still common & sometimes deadly diseases.
  • Immunizations are NOT just for kids! No matter your age, we ALL need immunizations to keep us healthy. Adults need vaccines, too. Vaccination is an important step in staying healthy.
  • Help keep yourself & your family healthy. Find out which vaccines you may need. www.cdc.gov/Features/adultimmunizations/
  • Too few adults are getting the vaccinations needed to help prevent diseases. Protect yourself and your loved ones.
  • Adult vaccines are available in many places, including doctor's offices, health departments & pharmacies.
  • The adult vaccine finder helps you find places to get vaccinated near you: http://www.vaccines.gov/getting/where/index.html
  • Diseases like whooping cough still exist & outbreaks still happen, even in the U.S.
  • What vaccines do you need? Take this CDC quiz. www.cdc.gov/vaccines/AdultQuiz
  • Need help keeping track of or finding your adult vaccination record? www.cdc.gov/Features/AdultVaccinationRecords/
  • Get vaccinated and stop worrying so much about missing work, medical bills, or not being able to care for your family.
  • Got questions about vaccines? Find easy-to-read 1-pagers @ImmunizeAction: www.immunize.org/handouts/vaccines-summaries.asp

Safety Tips

  • Vaccines are very safe. CDC & FDA hold vaccines to the highest safety standards and monitor them after they are licensed.
  • US has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in its history. Millions of people are safely vaccinated each year.

Immunization Schedule

  • Every year medical experts review the schedule of recommended adult vaccines. See 2014 schedule: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/adult.html
  • Vaccine recommendations reflect scientific research into best ways to protect you & family from diseases.

Special Health Conditions Tips

  • Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious for people w/ chronic disease: asthma, diabetes, heart or lung conditions.
  • For people w/ chronic disease, vaccine-preventable diseases may cause complications leading to severe illness, even death.

Pregnant Women Tips

  • For information about vaccines for women before, during & after pregnancy, see www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/pregnant.html
  • Pregnant women should be current with all recommended vaccines to protect them & their newborns.

Shingles Tips

  • Almost 1 out of 3 people in America will develop shingles in their lifetime. Risk increases as you get older. People 60 years or older should get the shingles vaccine.
  • Nearly 1 million Americans experience shingles each year. Anyone who has had chickenpox in the past can get shingles.

 Pneumococcal Disease Tips

  • All adults 65 & older should get pneumococcal vaccine. 19-64 yr olds at high risk for pneumonia should get it too.
  • Medicare covers flu and pneumococcal vaccines with no co-pay or deductible.

Pertussis Tips

  • Adults are often the source of whooping cough infection in babies, which can be deadly. Get vaccinated!
  • Vaccine protection can fade. Adults 19 and older need Tdap vaccine for whooping cough.
  • Whooping cough is on the rise. Anyone who will be around a newborn needs Tdap vaccine to help protect against whooping cough. 

Flu Tips

  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first & most important step in protecting against flu viruses
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get an annual flu vaccine, even if vaccinated last season.
 
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