Research shows that the United States has reached 80% on covering the standard vaccine series for children, and more than 85% of teens were vaccinated in 2015. Vaccines are a wonderful weapon against deadly and serious diseases. Continued vaccination is important to keep many of these diseases from returning to the general population.
Creating awareness is a great way start to educating people about the importance of vaccinations and the consequences of avoiding them. Some successful methods of creating awareness are as follows:
- Interact with your local health departments to learn how you can specifically help them the most.
- Support the significance of immunizations by adding NIAM materials to your social media posts and creating reminders about immunization.
- Create newsletters and promote them with the help of social media. You can post vaccine-related information from the health department website.
- Reach your community members through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more. Conducting a community event about vaccinations and giving gifts that act as a reminder about getting vaccines helps. Silicone wristbands are a good way to remind people about any event. Since silicone is a skin-friendly material, they are perfect for daily wear. You can have the vaccine-related message such as “Get vaccinated at your next annual exam.” Also you can choose writable bands on which a person can write a reminder date and then erase it to write something else once the date is past.
- Create a call to action for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to make sure that people in their homes are fully immunized against the vaccine-preventable diseases.
- You can choose themes related to vaccination and discuss them in your social media posts. One theme could be “Share reasons you get vaccinated.” Allow all your friends to participate, and have them share their stories about why they vaccinate.
- Another good technique to convey the message is to show a movie. Instead of searching for an awareness-related movie online, you could make a short film describing the importance of vaccination and let your neighbors, friends and community members watch it.
Take a chance to re-check your vaccine list. Talk with your healthcare provider and get to know the vaccines you and your family need. Putting your healthiest foot forward gives you confidence and helps strengthen your family.
Once you are vaccinated, you are all set to have a safe and a happy holiday season. Enjoy the most knowing that you have taken the single and the best step to protect yourself and your loved ones against serious and life-threatening diseases.