Health Awareness Month Calendar


Month-long Observances

December 2018
 
Safe Toys and Celebrations Month
 

Week-Long Observances

2-8 National Handwashing Awareness Week
2-8 National Influenza Vaccination Week
 
 

Recognition Days

1 World AIDS Day
 
 

 


 

Safe Toys and Celebrations Month

No one chooses gifts with the intent to harm, but some popular children’s toys can cause serious injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 252,000 toy-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2014, and and almost half of these injuries affect the head or face. In fact, about 1 in 10 children's eye injuries treated in the ER trace back to toys. Unfortunately, most of these injuries happen to children under age 15.

 
National Handwashing Awareness Week

The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness were endorsed by the American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians in 2001.

  1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
  2. Do not cough into hands.
  3. Do not sneeze into hands.

  4. Above all, do not put your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth!
 
National Influenza Vaccination Week

CDC established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

 
World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

 
 
 

 

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