Help spread the word about National Immunization Awareness Month, Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and National Breastfeeding Month in August.
Each month, we highlight a selection of National Health Observances (NHOs) to spread the word about important health issues that affect Americans every day. August’s NHOs help raise awareness about immunization, children’s eye health and safety, and breastfeeding.
Below, you’ll find links to resources that will help you spread the word about these NHOs — use them to join the conversation!
- National Immunization Awareness Month
Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Immunization Month is an opportunity to highlight the importance of vaccination. Use CDC’s promotional materials to encourage people to stay up to date on recommended vaccines. You can also share MyHealthfinder’s vaccine resources to help people of all ages learn about the vaccines they need to stay healthy. And to read about national objectives to increase immunization rates, check out the Healthy People 2020 topic area.
- Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
The American Academy of Ophthalmology sponsors this NHO with the goal of protecting and maintaining children’s eye health. The National Eye Institute (NEI) has lots of kid-friendly resources to help children learn about eye health. Find out about national objectives for improving the visual health of all Americans from the Healthy People 2020 topic area. Finally, be sure to check out and share MyHealthfinder’s resource with parents to help them care for their children’s eyes.
- National Breastfeeding Month
Since 2011, the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) has celebrated National Breastfeeding Month each August. The USBC recently hosted a virtual panel presentation sharing themes for this year’s NHO and ways to get involved. MyHealthfinder has a great breastfeeding resource, along with tips for eating healthy while breastfeeding. And check out Healthy People 2020 to learn about efforts to improve maternal, infant, and child health — including objectives related to breastfeeding.
We hope you’ll help us promote these important NHOs on your channels to help us improve the nation’s health!