Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization during a person's life. Immunizations play an important role in protecting the health of ourselves, our families and our communities. Now is the perfect time to make sure that you and your loved ones of all ages are up to date on all recommended vaccines. Remember, vaccines aren't just for young children. Specific immunizations are recommended for preteens and teens entering middle school and college, anyone who may be traveling abroad or have certain underlying health conditions, and senior adults age 60 and over. Vaccines are proven to be safe and effective and are available through your health care provider and the Fairfax County Health Department clinics. Immunization schedules for all stages of life may be found on CDC's website.

Each week during the month of August, we will highlight the importance of vaccines in every stage of life. Stay tuned to the Health Department's Facebook page and Twitter feed for important information about immunizations.

Themes for August 2016

  • August 1-7: Adults - Vaccines are not just for kids
  • August 8-14: Pregnant women - Protect yourself and pass protection on to your baby
  • August 15-21: Babies and young children - A healthy start begins with on-time vaccination
  • August 22-28: Preteens and teens - Ensure a healthy future with vaccines

More Information

Picture of the side of a school busSchool-Required Immunizations

Picture of a plane taking offInternational Travel Clinics

Picture of a child's hopscotch gameChildhood Immunizations

Picture of adultsAdult Immunizations

Picture of hand pulling vaccine into a syringe Flu Vaccine

Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz.


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