National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is observed annually in August in the United States to highlight the importance of immunizations for people of all ages. As the school year approaches, it becomes crucial for parents and caregivers to ensure that their children are up to date on their immunizations.
Immunizations are one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and protect public health. NIAM raises awareness about the importance of immunizations, ensuring that children are protected from potentially serious illnesses.
Schools can be breeding grounds for infectious diseases. By ensuring that children are up to date on their immunizations, we can help prevent outbreaks and protect the overall health of students, teachers, and the community.
How to Get Kids Caught Up on Immunizations:
Review Immunization Records: Start by reviewing your child's immunization records to identify any missed or incomplete vaccinations. Check with Kids First Pediatrics or your previous healthcare provider to obtain accurate and up-to-date records.
Consult with the professionals at Kids First Pediatrics: Schedule an appointment with your child's healthcare provider to discuss their immunization status. They will guide you through the recommended immunization schedule and help you determine which vaccines are needed to get your child up to date.
Follow the Recommended Immunization Schedule: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a recommended immunization schedule for children of all ages. This schedule outlines the vaccines children should receive at specific ages to ensure optimal protection. Your Kids First Provider can help you follow this schedule as a guide for catching up on missed vaccinations.
Need help getting your child caught up on immunizations before the school year begins? Call Kids First Pediatrics today: Raleigh: 919-250-3478, Clayton: 919- 267-1499.
*This article is informational but is not a substitute for medical attention or information from your provider.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - National Immunization Awareness Month: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/index.html
CDC - Vaccines for Children Program: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/index.html
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - Immunization: Information for Parents: https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/immunizations/Pages/Immunizations-Information-for-Parents.aspx
Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) - Find a Health Center: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/