Vaccine Awareness Resources
The National Public Health Information Coalition - NPHIC.org. has published a toolkit to promote the importance of immunizations in conjunction with National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), which occurs every August. Although NIAM is over, the valuable resources in this toolkit can be used throughout the year. This edition of the toolkit contains key messages, vaccine information, sample news releases and articles, sample social media messages, links to web resources from CDC and other organizations, and logos, web banners, posters and graphics to use with social media.
New Vaccine Awareness Placemat and Activities! - August 2017
NANASP and Generations United have created a new placemat campaign to encourage vaccinations this fall! These placemats are intended for use at your senior center or with home-delivered meals. They are designed to get older adults talking about vaccines, particularly across the generations. The placemat has discussion questions. Feel free to use these questions and more to create an educational activity for your lunch hour! A printable placemat can be found here, and more resources, including videos and an intergenerational discussion guide, can be found here at bandAGEofhonor.org. We encourage you to get started using these placemats right away—flu season is right around the corner!
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW)
National Influenza Vaccination Week which will be observed December 3-9, 2017, provides an opportunity to remind everyone 6 months and older that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. NIVW is a national observance established in 2005 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination after the holiday season into January and beyond.
Holiday Themed Resources
Spread Holiday Cheer. Not the Flu. (PSA) It’s estimated that between 80 percent and 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. As you prepare for holiday gatherings, get vaccinated for flu to protect yourself, your friends, and your loved ones from flu and its complications, such as deadly cases of pneumonia. While you’re at the doctor or the pharmacy, ask about other vaccines covered by Medicare, including pneumococcal, shingles, and Tdap (which covers both tetanus and whooping cough). These vaccines are vital for your health—and the health of those around you.
Holiday Flu Prevention [QuickTime, 14 MB, 1 min 8 sec]
Everyone 6 months and older needs a flu vaccine. Protect yourself and your family during the holidays!
/Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews the recommended adult (anyone over 18 years old) immunization schedule to ensure that the schedule reflects current recommendations for the licensed vaccines.