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File #: RS2021-1082    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/26/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 8/3/2021 Final action: 8/3/2021
Title: A resolution recognizing August 2021 as "National Immunization Awareness Month" in Nashville and Davidson County.
Sponsors: Kathleen Murphy, Russ Bradford, Erin Evans, Dave Rosenberg, Burkley Allen, John Rutherford, Delishia Porterfield
A resolution recognizing August 2021 as "National Immunization Awareness Month" in Nashville and Davidson County.

WHEREAS, August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual observance to highlight the importance of disease prevention through vaccination across the lifespan; and
WHEREAS, vaccines are one of the most powerful and successful public health interventions at improving health and increasing life expectancy; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that vaccines still save between 2.5 and 3 million lives worldwide every year; and
WHEREAS, vaccines protect not only those who receive them, but also those who are too medically frail or otherwise unable to receive the vaccinations themselves; and
WHEREAS, vaccines have contributed to a significant reduction in many childhood infectious diseases such as diphtheria and measles, and some infectious diseases such as polio and smallpox, have been eliminated in the U.S. because of vaccines; and
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) calculates that vaccination of each U.S. birth cohort according to the current immunization schedule yields a net savings of nearly $14 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in total costs to society; and
WHEREAS, vaccination rates have dipped below optimum in some pockets of the United States, leading to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases and unnecessary suffering; and
WHEREAS, according to the CDC, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the U.S. health care system's ability to provide routine preventative and other non-emergency care which also caused a decline in vaccinations in children under two years old; and
WHEREAS, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent rise in highly contagious variants, it is vital now more than ever to raise awareness and highlight the importance and effectiveness of vaccines; and
WHEREAS, the Metro Board of Health and the Metro Public Health Department have maintained consistent and strong vaccination outreach ...

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