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North Carolina Immunization Branch

The N.C. Immunization Branch promotes public health through the identification and elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases like polio, hepatitis B, measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, rubella (German measles), and mumps. In 2001, the Branch incorporated an adult education component into the program to raise awareness of the agelessness of immunizations.

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  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). An annual observance held to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. The purpose of NIAM is to celebrate the benefits of vaccination and highlight the importance of vaccineation for people of all ages. Communitites have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes, deadly, diseases.

    NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information on the observance, visit NPHIC's NIAM website: https://www.nphic.org/naim or https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html.
  • WORLD HEPATITIS DAY 2017 - ELMINATE HEPATITIS Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C are the most common types of viral hepatitis in the United States. Viral hepatitis--a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E - affects millions of people worldwide, causing both acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) liver disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) data show and estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C. Viral hepatitis caused 1.34 million deaths in 2015, a number comparable to deaths caused by tuberculosis and HIV combined. While deaths from tuberculosis and HIV have been declining, deaths from hepatitis are increasing. For more information click these links:World Hep Day Hepatitis Day 2017
  • Vax Facts, a newsletter for all providers, will be posted every quarter. Here is the July 2017 edition. (PDF 443 KB)
  • Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases - Nov 1-3, 2017: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be in North Carolina providing 3 immunization courses. Designed for anyone seeking the most comprehensive and current knowledge of immunization, including physicians, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, immunization providers, program managers, and nursing and medical students. Details are located here.
  • CDC Health Care Professional Childhood Schedule Website Update: The CDC update impacts footnote language of birth-dose monovalent HepB vaccines for newborns. View here (March, 16, 2017)
  • Flu: FluLaval is now approved for use in persons aged 6 months and older. For more guidance on this recommendation please click here. (January 12, 2017)
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