Librarians Plan Ahead for August: National Immunization Awareness Month

Here is the seventh installment of ideas for incorporating health programming into your overall library programming strategy. Keep looking  for these posts on the first of each month to find programming ideas for three months out. Still working on spring and programming? See  June: National Home Safety Month, and July: National UV Safety Month.

Immunizations are one of the easiest ways that we can protect ourselves and our families from deadly diseases. The vaccines that are offered today prevent the deaths of an estimated 42,000 children each year in the United States alone. Yet, some preventable diseases — whooping cough, for example — have been making a comeback because some children are not vaccinated and also because some adults have not gotten vaccination boosters.

With August inspiring the back to school mindset, it is the perfect time to get the vaccination discussion going at your library, and promoting National Immunization Awareness Month will be easy with these free resources:

  • Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages, puzzles, activity booklets and more for children; puzzles, immunization recordkeepers and more for adults.
  • Featured Resources: books, information, and organizations to contact
  • Book Club: book discussion group ideas
  • Tie Ins: to traditional August library programming
  • Community Resources: local vaccination resources
  • Publicity Resources: free graphics, web banners and buttons, press releases, Twitter tweets, and more
  • Fun Stuff: fun, interactive links

Quick and Easy

Coloring Pages:

Puzzles and Activities for Children:

Bookmarks and Other Printables for Children:

Puzzles and Activities for Teens and Adults:

Easy Immunization Recordkeeping and Other Printables for Adults:

Featured Resources

Books for Children and Adults

Immunization Reference Information Links

Organizations to Contact

Book Club

Observe National Immunization Awareness Month this August by choosing one of these discussion-provoking books for your summer book club:

Adult Book Club

Teen Book Club

  • Code Orange by Caroline Cooney. New York, NY: Delacorte Press, © 2005. While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs. Has he infected New York City?

Tie Ins

August means back to school!

August really is the perfect month to promote Immunization Awareness with everyone thinking about school (parents at least!) August is also the perfect time to get parents (who may have skipped summer reading) to think about the library again. Promote your library and Immunization Awareness with free vaccinations at your library on their own or in combination with your back to school events. See Community Resources on this page for links to state agencies, Publicity Resources for free promotional resources, and Quick and Easy for coloring pages to entertain children while they’re waiting.

Community Resources

Find a local agency to partner with, a speaker,  or other local resources here:

Publicity Resources

Use this free material alongside your library’s August programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or flyers – to promote both your library’s programs and National Immunization Awareness Month.

Fun Stuff

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add some fun and helpful interactive links to a library program, your library website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:


Interactive Information

Interactive Immunization Schedulers

Provided by Health and Wellness Resource Center.


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