Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being vaccinated against infectious diseases. In 2015, the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) in collaboration with partners such as CIC has put together toolkits that will help in coordinating NIAM activities.
Be sure to use hashtags #NIAM15 and #TeamVax along with #vaccineswork to spread the word via social media. Speaking of social media…
Thunderclap is a social media tool that allows supporters to sign up in advance to share a unified message at a specific time via their individual Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr accounts. On August 17, Thunderclap will release the message on the timelines of all those that signed up, thus creating a social media Thunderclap of support.
Lend your social support by signing up now at: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/29165-support-vaccines-with-teamvax
The ShotsforSchool website just posted new Frequently Asked Questions regarding Senate Bill 277.
This information will be a great help in communicating with partners and parents. You can find additional information by clicking on the side bar on the Laws page and go to Exemptions.
Easier Navigation & Interactive Mapping at ShotsForSchool.org
Navigation on Shotsforschool.org is now even easier. You can browse by grade level (Child Care, K-12, 7th grade, and now College!) for immunization requirements, tools for schools, and materials for parents and students. There’s also a laws section where you can find regulations, information about exemptions, as well as records, forms, and materials. One of the most helpful features is an interactive map showing CA school immunization rates – www.shotsforschool.org/lookup/
Flu Resources for Schools and Childcare Providers
Each year, an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of flu-related complications. Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older. Making healthy choices at school and at home can help prevent the flu and spreading flu to others.