August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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As a new school year begins, however that looks for your family, make sure vaccination is at the top of your checklist. August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases (like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia) through on-time vaccination.

During NIAM, Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (CCDHHS) urges you talk to your healthcare provider about vaccinations to ensure that you and your family are up to date on recommended vaccines.

We also encourage you to visit CDC’s Interactive Vaccine Guide, https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/growing/, which provides information on the vaccines recommended during pregnancy and throughout your and your child’s life.

Christine Schuyler, Public Health Director, offers, “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of the importance of vaccination. I want to remind you of the vital need to protect your children against serious vaccine-preventable diseases, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.”

During NIAM, CCDHHS will be sharing information and resources on social media to highlight the importance of vaccines. Help us spread the word! Follow the conversation on Facebook, www.facebook/myhealthycounty and Instagram, @chautcohealthdept, and use #ivax2protect to share why you choose to vaccinate. You can also find immunization resources on our website. https://chqgov.com/public-health/immunizations