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National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Use these resources to assist you in communicating to healthcare professionals, parents, and patients about vaccinations during August and throughout the year.
Resources to Encourage Routine Childhood Vaccinations
Help us protect children by doing what you can to get kids caught up on recommended vaccines. CDC’s public sector vaccine ordering data show a 14% drop in 2020-2021 compared to 2019, and measles vaccine ordering is down by more than 20%.
The national vaccination coverage among kindergarten children during the 2020-2021 school year dropped by about 1% from the previous year— that amounts to 35,000 more children without vaccination documents.
Adults and children 6 months and older can get other vaccines at the same time as COVID-19 vaccination. Talk with your doctor if you have questions. Learn more about what to expect when getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
You may administer COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines (including live, attenuated vaccines such as the measles-mumps-rubella [MMR] vaccine) on the same day, as well as coadministration at any time interval. Learn more about coadministration with other vaccines.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination & Cancer Prevention
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus that can cause cancers later in life. Nearly 42 million people are currently infected with HPV in the United States. About 13 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year.
In the U.S., nearly 36,000 people are estimated to be affected by a cancer caused by HPV infection each year. While there is screening for cervical cancer that can detect cancer early, there is no recommended screening for the other cancers caused by HPV infection, like cancers of the back of the throat, anus, penis, vagina, or vulva.
HPV vaccination provides safe, effective, and lasting protection against the HPV infections that most commonly cause cancer.
Vaccines Before Pregnancy
Before you become pregnant, learn how to protect yourself and your child from serious diseases. Talk to your healthcare professional to make sure you're up to date on all your vaccines.
It’s important to keep an accurate record of your vaccinations. Sharing this information with your pre-conception and prenatal healthcare professionals will help determine which vaccines you’ll need before and during pregnancy. If you or your healthcare professionals do not have a current record of your vaccinations, they might be able to help you locate them.
  • If you have lived in more than one state and city, provide a list with the name of the state/states and city/cities you have lived at previously.
  • See our article on how to locate and keep track of vaccine records if you need more tips on how to find them. Even if you can’t find your records, your healthcare professional can still protect your health and your baby by recommending the appropriate vaccines. Answer a few questions using our Adult Vaccine Self-Assessment Tool to find out which vaccines you may need before becoming pregnant.

  • Make sure your vaccination record is up to date
    Even before becoming pregnant, make sure you are up to date on all your vaccines. Being up to date will help protect you and your child from serious, preventable diseases. For example, rubella is a contagious disease that can be dangerous if you get it while you are pregnant. It can cause a miscarriage or serious birth defects.

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