Vaccines Save Lives – August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Posted on August 17, 2011

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Vaccines Save Lives

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and a great time to:

  • Communicate the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Help people locate vaccine clinics.
  • Garner community support to improve local vaccine coverage rates.
  • Attract media interest to increase awareness of the importance of immunizations.

Immunizations are responsible for eradicating polio and smallpox in the United States, and have significantly reduced the number of deaths from chickenpox. However, infectious diseases like viral hepatitis, influenza, and tuberculosis (TB) remain a major cause of illness, disability, and death.

A major goal of Healthy People 2020 is to protect Americans against infectious diseases by increasing immunization in communities nationwide. This can only be achieved if vaccination is incorporated into health promotion efforts across a person’s lifespan.

You can help by spreading the word about the importance of immunizations.

Learn more about vaccines from HealthyPeople.gov

 
     
  Fast-Stat: 42,000 adults and 300 children in the United States die each year from diseases that can be prevented through vaccination.  
     
 

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