August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and we hope your social media feeds have been inundated with vaccine talk.
But we need to remember that people need vaccines all year long. It’s just about time for you to take your family for a flu shot, and babies receive the bulk of their protection against 14 diseases by the time they turn two years old. And of course, you want to live in a community where everyone is abiding by this social contract–getting vaccines to protect themselves and their neighbors, especially those too young to be vaccinated and those who cannot be vaccinated.
Because germs seek to sicken year long, we need you to keep talking about vaccines. Post on social media! Share photos of your kids getting their post-vaccine treats. Talk about vaccine news on the playground and at the water cooler. Start conversations with friends who have concerns about vaccines. Just keep talking!
And help us to keep doing our work–the work of helping you advocate in your community, by donating to one of our friends’ generous fundraisers.
In case you missed them, here are some of the tools we’ve provided this NIAM to help you start conversations and make a difference.
- Watch videos from our NIAM 2016 YouTube playlist
- Check out our latest Why I Choose August submissions–and submit your own
- Read our week 1, week 2, week 3, and week 4 NIAM newsletters
- Download one of our toolkits
- Donate to our Infected for a Cause partner fundraisers
Whatever you do, remember that protecting your children from vaccine-preventable diseases is advocacy! Be proud of protecting your community from disease.