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Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis, adults need to get their shots – just like kids do.

National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots.

How can National Immunization Awareness Month make a difference?

We can all use this month to raise awareness about vaccines and share strategies to increase immunization rates with our community.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Talk to friends and family members about how vaccines aren’t just for kids. People of all ages can get shots to protect them from serious diseases.
  • Encourage people in your community to get the flu shot every year.
  • Invite a doctor or nurse to speak to parents about why it’s important for all kids to get vaccinated.

How can I help spread the word?

We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference! This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

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Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

Health tip: It’s important for children to get their shots on schedule. Make an appointment today: http://1.usa.gov/XYqX3E

Did you know? Shots aren’t just for kids! Pre-teens need to get their shots, too: http://1.usa.gov/15A8lfA

Take this quiz to see which vaccines you need: http://1.usa.gov/1lXnaDJ

Talk to your child’s doctor about the HPV vaccines (shots): http://1.usa.gov/10cpVTQ

Did you know? Vaccines are for all of us – from babies to older adults. Learn more from @CDC_eHealth: http://1.usa.gov/km5wwv

Health Tip: Keep a copy of your vaccination record in a safe place.

Curious about the flu shot? Take action. Everyone age 6 months and older needs a seasonal flu shot every year: http://1.usa.gov/W8iCgm

Did you know? All adults need a Td booster shot every 10 years. Learn more about other shots: http://1.usa.gov/16bENX2

Q. Why is it important to get shots on time? A. Shots work best when they are given at certain ages.

Did you know? Adults age 65 and older need to get a shot to prevent pneumonia. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/10lAKH0

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Get Involved

Take action to raise awareness about the importance of immunizations

  1. Organize a free or low-cost immunization clinic at a local community or health center.
  2. Distribute vaccination record cards with space for people to record the names and dates of their shots. Include helpful facts and phone numbers.
  3. Partner with a school nurse to host an educational event for parents about the importance of immunizations.
  4. Post fliers around your office to remind people to get their shots.
  5. Work with local summer camps to make sure children get important shots before attending camp.

For more information and materials, contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdcinfo@cdc.gov.

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