National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

2017 National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month is celebrated across the United States. NIAM is a great time to promote vaccines for people of all ages, and to remind family, friends, and co-workers to stay up-to-date on their shots.

NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly diseases.

Week 4 – August 14 to August 20 Adults- Vaccines are not just for kids.

All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill and pass diseases on to others. Everyone should have their vaccination needs assessed at their doctor’s office, pharmacy, or other visits with health care providers. Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person’s age, occupation, or health conditions (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes or heart disease).

Vaccination is important because it protects the person receiving the vaccine and helps prevent the spread of disease, especially to those who are most vulnerable to serious complications (such as infants and young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems).

All adults, including pregnant women, should get the influenza (flu) vaccine each year to protect against seasonal flu. Every adult should have one dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough) if they did not get Tdap as a teen, and then get the Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster vaccine every 10 years. Pregnant women should receive a Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks. For communication strategies on maternal vaccination, check out NIAM resources for pregnant women.

Adults 60 years and older are recommended to receive the shingles vaccine. And adults 65 and older are recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccines. Some adults younger than 65 years with certain high-risk conditions are also recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccinations.

Adults may need other vaccines (such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and HPV) depending on their age, occupation, travel, medical conditions, vaccinations they have already received, or other considerations.

This year the activities have been divided into 5 week-long areas of focus:

  • Week 1 – July/August School-aged Children - Ready for School? Make sure those vaccine records are up to date!

  • Week 2 – July 31 to August 6 Babies and Young Children - A healthy start begins with on-time vaccinations.

  • Week 3 – August 7 - 13 Pregnant Women - Protect yourself and pass protection to your baby.

  • Week 4 – August 14 - 20 Adults - Vaccines are not just for kids.

  • Week 5 – August 21 - 27Preteens/Teens - Ensure a healthy future with vaccines.

For more information about NIAM and to download a toolkit that includes logos and banners, social media graphics and customizable posters to help you raise awareness about immunizations, please visit CDC's website.