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Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health

National Immunization Awareness Month

Communities across the country observe the month of August each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan. National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots. Select an NNLM Reading Club book, discuss, and raise awareness for All of Us.

Since their introduction, vaccines have done a great job of protecting millions of Americans from deadly infectious diseases such as influenza, pneumonia, and polio. The rates for most vaccine-preventable diseases are at record or near-record lows. But these diseases still exist. Even if they are rare in the United States, they may be common in countries that are just a plane ride away. As long as these diseases are around, people will continue to get sick. When people don't vaccinate themselves and their children, they are vulnerable to diseases. Not only do they endanger themselves, they put their family members, coworkers, and those they encounter every day at risk.