Healthy Alaskans 2020 celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month
Celebrating the importance of immunizations
Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. And one of Healthy Alaskans 2020’s goals is to increase the proportion of Alaskans who are protected from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives – and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need –Healthy Alaskans 2020 is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
The theme for the last week is “A Healthy Start” and focuses specifically on protecting babies from birth through age 6. Vaccines give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from serious diseases. Parents can provide the best protection by following the recommended immunization schedule – giving their child the vaccines they need, when they need them.
HA2020 Leading Health Indicator 17 provides strategies that will help “increase the percentage of children aged 19-35 months who receive the ACIP recommended vaccination series.”
School-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccines. Making sure that children receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do as a parent to ensure your children's long-term health—as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community.
To learn more about HA2020, please visit the Healthy Alaskans 2020 website at www.ha2020.alaska.gov
For a list Public Health Centers around Alaska, visit http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Nursing/Pages/locations.aspx
Healthy Alaskans 2020 (HA2020) is Alaska’s statewide health improvement initiative co-sponsored by the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Healthy Alaskans 2020 is a framework that supports collaborative efforts among many sectors, agencies, and communities working towards common goals to improve health and ensure health equity for all Alaskans.