Promote Vaccination during National Immunization Awareness Month

Posted on August 06, 2020

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), which highlights the efforts of hospitals and healthcare professionals to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination.

During NIAM, the MHA encourages members to ensure their patients are up to date on recommended vaccines. Research has consistently shown that healthcare professionals are the most trusted source of vaccine information for parents and patients.

Educational resources are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist providers in emphasizing the importance of vaccination, some of which provide continuing medical education credit. The #HowIRecommend Video Series includes short presentations from experts on how to make effective vaccine recommendations to parents and patients, address common vaccine questions, and take a team-based approach to vaccination.

Individuals have the power to protect themselves and their families against many serious diseases through on-time vaccination. The CDC provides an Interactive Vaccine Guide with information on vaccines recommended during pregnancy and throughout life, including adult vaccines.

The MHA works with I Vaccinate, the Alliance for Immunizations in Michigan, the Parent Information Network and others to measure, educate and promote appropriate vaccinations for all Michigan residents. In addition, the association provides online tools and resources to assist hospitals in setting policies to ensure healthcare personnel in their facilities are vaccinated against influenza and pertussis. Contact the MHA to learn more. 

Tags: CDC, National Immunization Awareness Month, NIAM, Vaccinations

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