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Five on Friday: National Immunization Awareness Month

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Five on Friday: National Immunization Awareness Month

It’s August! It’s National Immunization Awareness Month – and perhaps no other year has needed an immunization awareness month as 2020 does. As children get ready to go back to school (whatever that means these days), many have fallen behind on their vaccination schedules as a result of disruption in care due to and fear over COVID-19. The CDC has released new vaccination guidelines during COVID-19 and launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #ivax2protect – find new resources and join in this month. Now, on to Five on Friday, where MCN staff offer up their recommended reads and resources from this week. 


firefighters battle fire

Marysel forwarded on a string of new articles and resources on COVID-19 and climate change, including this extensive FAQ from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the New York Times article, “Hurricane, Fire, Covid-19: Disasters Expose the Hard Reality of Climate Change.”

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A worker spraying pesticides

Karen shared the EWG press release, “Sweeping Proposal Would Protect Kids, Farmworkers – and Everyone – From Toxic Pesticides.”

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Dr. Giorgio Franyuti

Amy and others recommended this New York Times article on TB, malaria, and other diseases during the time of COVID-19, featuring MCN Board Member Dr. Giorgio Franyuti: “‘The Biggest Monster’ Is Spreading. And It’s Not the Coronavirus.” 

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A clinician administering a drive-through test for COVID-19

Amy also shared, “Migrant child died after release from detention, attorneys group alleges.”

Amy also shared the TIME Magazine opinion piece, “America Needs to Radically Rethink Our COVID-19 Testing Approach.”

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A man wearing a face mask

Weekly Win: Claire offered up “Locals, who know Sunnydale’s housing projects well, flattened a COVID-19 outbreak,” on a San Francisco community’s mobilization in the face of an emergency. (See “Community Mobilization as a Model for Preparedness with Equity" for more on MCN’s efforts on the topic.)




Have a safe and healthy weekend.

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