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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. The purpose of NIAM is to celebrate the benefits of vaccination and to highlight the importance of vaccination in people of all ages.

As many families head back to school, August is a smart time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their vaccines. NIAM is an opportunity for us all to learn more about the role of vaccines and how it affects us all.

People of all ages need vaccines for various reasons:

The Health Services Agency (HSA) Public Health Department Immunizations and Vaccines is a great community resource for information about vaccinations. Their focus is Vaccine Information resources, immunization materials, school and child care requirement, all while providing credible information for and about our community.

Local Resources and Personal Health Tools:

Hepatitis A in Santa Cruz County

Vaccination continues to be an important component to our community’s collective health. Santa Cruz County is currently experiencing an outbreak of Hepatitis A. The Public Health Division in the County of Santa Cruz is investigating an increased number of Hepatitis A cases. Since April 2017, the County has confirmed 27 cases. They usually have 1-2 confirmed cases per year. The investigation is ongoing and challenging because of the long incubation period of the disease and the difficulty experienced to contact many individuals sickened with the illness who are homeless and/or illicit drug users. To date, no common source of food, beverage, or other cause has been identified; as a result, the source of the outbreak remains undetermined.

The Hepatitis A outbreak isn’t unique to Santa Cruz County, communities around the state, county, and world are seeing a rise in Hepatitis A cases. It is important to remember that Hepatitis A, like so many other diseases, is preventable with a safe and effective vaccine. Vaccination efforts are being implemented around the county for individuals that are at a high risk for contracting the disease.

Visit Health Services Agency on Public Health for the most update information on Santa Cruz County’s Hepatitis A outbreak.

How can National Immunization Awareness Month make a difference?

We can all use this month to raise awareness about vaccines and share strategies to increase immunization rates with our community.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Talk to friends and family members about how vaccines aren’t just for kids. People of all ages get shots to protect them from serious diseases.
  • Encourage people in your community to get the flu vaccine every year.
  • Invite a doctor or nurse to speak to parents about why it’s important for all kids to get vaccinated.
  • Always practice good hygiene habits.
  • Prevent misinformation from spreading by knowing the facts.

Additional Resources from your Library:

To browse all local agencies focusing on Immunizations, please visit the Community Information Database.

For more information about Vaccines and Immunizations visit the Library Catalog.

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