2014 National Immunization Awareness Month

BINGHAMTON, NY – August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The purpose of this observance is to highlight the importance of immunizations, one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th Century, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). 

While immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of many serious infectious diseases, vaccination rates for some diseases are not meeting national public health goals. Immunizations aren’t just for children and they are needed for various reasons throughout life.
 
The following areas are being targeted to raise immunization awareness during this year’s campaign:
 
  • A Healthy Start (8/4/14-8/9/14): Immunization gives parents a safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and sometimes deadly diseases, such as polio, measles, whooping cough, and chicken pox, before they turn 2 years old. 
  • Back to School (8/10/14-8/16/14): School-age children need vaccines and with the changes to school immunization requirements, it is important for parents to ensure children are up to date on their vaccines.
  • Off to The Future: Young Adults (8/17/14-8/23/14): Immunity from childhood diseases may wear off over time, which may place young adults at risk for other vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Not Just for Kids: Adults (8/24/14-8/30/14):Every year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.
For more information about immunizations, contact the Broome County Health Department Division of Clinic Services at (607) 778-2870.

 

08/05/2014 - 3:28pm