National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the lifespan, from infants to the elderly. August is an ideal time to make sure everyone is up-to-date on vaccines before heading back to school and to plan ahead to receive flu vaccine.

World Breastfeeding Week falls during NIAM, from August 1-7. Breastfeeding is "baby's first immunization"- mothers pass some immunity to their babies through breastmilk.


Celebrate both campaigns with the resources below!


Hepatitis B Birth Dose

The Immunization Action Coalition is urging hospitals and birthing centers to meet the national standard of care by providing a universal birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine. View their new Guidebook: "Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns."

Adolescent Resources


  • The CDC recommends "cocooning," vaccinating adults who are around the baby in order to protect the infant. (Exit Site)
  • This Pertussis Vaccination Outreach Letter supports recommendations on Tdap use in adolescents and adults to protect vulnerable infants.

Global Immunizations

  • International immunization is becoming an increasing area of focus for the AAP, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN Foundation Shot@Life Campaign.
  • Visit the AAP global immunizations page for more information. (Exit site)
  • Visit Shot@Life, where you can save 31 lives in August with their Blogust Relay for Good. (Exit site)

Resources for WBW

Visit the World Breastfeeding Week Web site. (Exit site)


This poster can be displayed in waiting rooms or exam rooms. It encourage mothers to breastfeed, while also highlighting the importance of immunizing every child.



Last Updated: 8/5/2013

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