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North Carolina celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month by promoting vaccinations across the life span

Release Date: August 3, 2009
Contact: Amy Caruso, 919-707-5555

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Public Health and local health departments across the state are celebrating August as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) by encouraging North Carolinians of all ages to make sure they are current on their vaccinations.

“With the emergence of H1N1 influenza, immunization awareness is more important than ever,” said State Health Director Dr. Jeffrey Engel.  “Adults, parents and children need to be aware of what immunizations they need to protect themselves from H1N1 influenza, seasonal influenza, and other diseases.” 

“August is great time of year of find out whether you and your children are up to date on vaccinations,” said Beth Rowe-West, RN, BSN, and head of the Immunization Branch.   “Students are going back to school, and the regular influenza season is fast approaching.  Take the opportunity to speak with your health care provider about which immunizations you and each member of your family may need.”

Local health departments across the state will commemorate NIAM with special activities.  Here are some of the planned events:

WILKESBORO, WILKES COUNTY
Event:  Information sharing, Prenatal classes
Location: Wilkes County Health Department
Date:  Beginning last week of July
Contact: 336-651-7450

DOBSON, SURRY COUNTY
Event: Teddy Bear Clinic
Location: Surry County Health Department
Date/Time: August 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 4 p.m.
Contact: 336-401-8514

ALBEMARLE, STANLY COUNTY
Event: Health Fair
Location: E.E. Waddell Community Center
Date/Time: August 22 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Contact:  Stanley County Health Department, 704-982-9171

TROY, MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Event: Immunization Day
Location: Montgomery County Health Department
Date/Time: August 19, 8 to11a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
Contact: 910-572-1393

TRENTON, JONES COUNTY
Event: Walk-in clinics
Location: Jones County Health Department
Date/Time: Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: 252-448-9111

WILMINGTON, NEW HANOVER COUNTY
Event: Childhood Immunization class
Location: New Hanover County Health Department
Date/Time: August 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact: 910-798-6500

ELIZABETH CITY, PASQUOTANK COUNTY
Event: Walk-in and after-hours clinics
Location: Albemarle Regional Health Services
Date/Time: Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact: Jill Jordan, 252-338-4483

Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance to highlight the importance of immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly.

For more information about NIAM or the planned activities, contact the N.C. Immunization Branch at 919-707-5550.