Each month, we highlight a selection of National Health Observances (NHOs) to spread the word about important health issues that affect Americans every day. December’s NHOs help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and flu vaccines.
Check out the resources we’ve linked below to help you promote these NHOs — and join us in helping all Americans live healthier lives.
- World AIDS Day
Each year on December 1, the World AIDS Campaign hosts World AIDS Day to raise awareness, fight stigma, and improve education about HIV/AIDS. Promote this NHO within your networks using this toolkit from HIV.gov, and share heathfinder’s easy-to-understand resources on getting tested for HIV and talking with the doctor about HIV testing. You can also learn about lessons we’ve learned in the fight against HIV/AIDS about the importance of partnerships in this blog post. And be sure to check out the Healthy People 2020 HIV topic area to find out about national objectives focused on reducing the burden of HIV.
- National Influenza Vaccination Week
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) is sponsoring National Influenza Immunization Week from December 1 to 7. You can join the conversation and share promotional materials about flu vaccines by using this NCIRD toolkit. Learn more about Healthy People 2020 objectives focused on vaccines in the Immunizations and Infectious Diseases topic area — and use this MyHealthfinder resource to help people in your community learn about protecting themselves from the flu.
We hope we’ve made it easier for you to share these important NHOs with your networks! Together, we can take steps to improve the Nation’s health.