Immunization Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month is observed every August to highlight the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages.
- Vaccines help protect individuals, their families, and communities against serious diseases such as measles, influenza, meningococcal disease, and hepatitis.
- Vaccine-preventable infections can be deadly: Prior to COVID-19, approximately 50,000 adults in the US died from vaccine-preventable diseases.
- Vaccine-preventable diseases are expensive: An average flu can last up to 15 days, and typically 5-6 days of work or school are missed.
- When you get sick, you put others at risk; when you get vaccinated, you protect yourself and your family, as well as others who may not be vaccinated.
- Vaccines are safe: The U.S. has a vigorous approval process to ensure that all licensed vaccines are safe.