August is National Immunization Awareness Month: 3 things to know

Aug. 1 marked the start of National Immunization Awareness Month, a CDC-led campaign to highlight the importance of vaccination.

Three things to know:

1. The CDC holds the campaign annually in August to encourage vaccination among people of all ages.

2. The agency is offering healthcare providers a toolkit featuring educational resources, social media templates and key messages to share with patients.

3. The CDC will also host an immunization-themed webinar later this month.

"National Immunization Awareness Month is an opportunity to highlight the importance of vaccines as a safe and effective way to protect ourselves, our families and our communities from preventable health threats," HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. "We at HHS and across the Trump Administration cannot emphasize this enough: Vaccines are safe, and they are one of the safest and well-studied public health tools that we have available."

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