August 2019​

National Immunization Awareness Month

​National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Use the resources below to assist you in communicating to healthcare professionals, parents, and patients about immunization during August and throughout the year.

June 2019​

​Georgia Department of Public Health Implements a School Immunization Rule Change –

Effective June 12, 2019

Immunization School Requirement Rule has been updated to reflect one meningococcal conjugate (MCV4/MenACWY) booster for high school students entering the 11th grade:

Effective July 1, 2020, for the 2020-2021 school year
Requirement covers all students entering the 11th grade, 16 years of age or older

The Importance of Meningococcal Vaccine Prevention

​​April 2019

​​​National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger. In 2019, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of NIIW. Since 1994, local and state health departments, national immunization partners, healthcare professionals, community leaders from across the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together through NIIW to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children, and to call attention to immunization achievements.

2019 NIIW

NIIW, set for April 27-May 4, 2019, will be celebrated as part of World Immunization Week (WIW), an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO). During WIW, all six WHO regions, including more than 180 Member States, territories, and areas, will simultaneously promote immunization, advance equity in the use of vaccines and universal access to vaccination services, and enable cooperation on cross-border immunization activities.

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MARCH 2019

Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week 

March 11-15, 2019

The purpose of Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week is to help raise awareness and encourage preteens to make smart, healthy choices including defending themselves against vaccine-preventable diseases. Georgia’s preteens include more than 351,500 boys and girls between 10 and 14 years of age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC currently recommends that 11 to 12-year-olds receive:

• Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
• Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
• Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY)
• Influenza (flu)

Some preteens may also need to catch up on other immunizations for the following vaccine preventable diseases including chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and hepatitis B.


January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month is an annual observance in January that can be used to highlight the need to improve HPV vaccination coverage. CDC has suggested sharing the following resources, accessible on their website, for raising awareness of cervical cancer:

Place the new Cervical Cancer Awareness Month feature article, Protect Your Daughter from Cervical Cancer, on your website or in your next newsletter
Link to the HPV vaccination videos or public service announcements on your website, e-newsletter or in an email to your members
Share powerful stories from cervical cancer survivors 
Provide physicians and clinicians the link to CDC’s new HPV portal, which features materials to help raise awareness

January 19, 2019 Cervical Cancer Awareness Day at the Georgia Capitol 

Learn more about the two screening tests that can help prevent cervical canceror find it early
Syndicate the most up-to-date HPV vaccine information from the 

Access additional resources on the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable website.

Related Links

National Cervical Cancer Coalition's Cervical Health Awareness Month
 web page
IAC's HPV handouts and educational materials for patients, parents, and healthcare professionals
IAC's Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Diseases and Vaccines web page 
CDC's Human Papillomavirus (HPV) web section
Vaccine Education Center's Questions and Answers About HPV and the Vaccine here.

Immunization News

Jamie Schanbaum has spunk. With long, curly black hair – a source of immense pride – and an incisive sense of humor that spares no one, including herself, Jamie is not the type to brag about her accomplishments, like recently winning the National Championships in Paralympic cycling, or to cry in her coffee when things get tough. In fact, she counts herself as pretty darn lucky: she’s missing two hands and two lower legs, but she has her life and her brain intact.

And that’s more than most bacterial meningitis survivors can say. That’s not to say she didn’t have to overcome the depression she experienced after she got sick. After more than seven months in the hospital and three more months before she could walk again, Jamie sometimes had to fight to remind herself who she was. But now, she takes every opportunity to ensure others know who she is too – if only to convey the importance of avoiding the experience she endured.

On November 13, 2008, Jamie was a 20-year-old University of Texas at Austin undergraduate who was doing about the most mundane ritual any other student might have been doing on a Wednesday night besides studying – finishing up her laundry at a friend’s house.  (Click here to continue). Please visit for more information. 

Chapter 5, Jamie Schanbaum, from “Overlooked Casualties: Stories of Families Affected by Vaccine Preventable Diseases” by Tara Susan Haelle (MA dissertation, University of Texas at  Austin, 2012) is reprinted here with author’s permission.

The second annual Cervical Cancer Awareness Day was held at the Georgia Capitol on January 16, 2019.

The HPV Champion Awards were
presented to the American Cancer Society, Inc., Southeast Region; Robert A. Bednarczyk, PhD; Georgia Clinic-West End; Sumter Pediatrics Montezuma and Clifton Springs Health Center.

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