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Immunization, or vaccination, helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Immunization isn’t just for kids — to stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get vaccinated too.

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 vaccine 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

It’s important for kids to get their shots on schedule. Make an appointment for your child today: http://1.usa.gov/XYqX3E

DYK? 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

Both boys and girls need to get the #HPV vaccines (shots). Learn how the HPV shots can help keep your child safe: http://1.usa.gov/1JYFLdi

DYK? 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.

Protect yourself and the people around you – get a seasonal flu vaccine every year: http://1.usa.gov/W8iCgm

DYK? All adults need a Td booster shot every 10 years. Learn more about shots recommended for adults: http://1.usa.gov/16bENX2

Traveling soon? Find out if you need extra shots to stay safe: http://1.usa.gov/1Bjx8cc

DYK? Adults age 65 and older need shots to prevent pneumonia and other serious diseases. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1LfTEpx

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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. Remind people to write down the names and dates of their recent shots, so that they can track which shots they’ve had and which they still need.
  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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