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Thanks to the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s NIAM comes accompanied by a toolkit that focuses on promotion and benefits of vaccinations for different age groups.
Week 1 (Aug 2-8) focuses on Preteens and Teens. Topics of great importance include HPV, Influenza, TDap, back to school, staying up to date with vaccinations and getting booster shots.
Week 2 (Aug 9-15) concentrates on Pregnant Women. Pregnant women are encouraged to stay up to date with vaccinations (especially MMR) before pregnancy and receive both flu and whooping cough vaccinations during pregnancy to pass along immunity to the baby for the first 6 months after birth.
Week 3 (Aug 16-22) centers around Adults. This population is prompted to stay up to date with booster shots, flu vaccinations, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Older adults are encouraged to receive Zoster and Pneumococcal vaccinations because of their higher risk for complications with vaccine preventable diseases especially if already suffering from other health conditions.
Week 4 (Aug 23-29) targets Infants and Children. Infants and children receive the bulk of vaccinations before the age of 2 in order to combat the detrimental effects of vaccine preventable diseases. Whooping cough for infants and children can result in debilitating complications or even death, though may not be as serious for older children and adults. Immunizing this population on time is of extreme importance.
The toolkit also provides immunization resources, activities, and promotional tools. For more information on immunizations and the NIAM toolkit, please see the following links:
NPHIC toolkit: https://www.nphic.org/niam
CDC NIAM: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html
US DHHS NIAM: http://healthfinder.gov/NHO/Augusttoolkit.aspx