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COSHAR Foundation Enhances National Childhood Immunization Awareness Campaign
Date:8/19/2009

LANHAM, Md., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The COSHAR Foundation has enhanced its national immunization awareness campaign, Protecting our Future: The COSHAR Foundation Immunization Project, by updating its free immunization toolkits with new materials, including updated information about autism and vaccines and information on H1N1 flu. The new toolkits are available now.

Through this campaign, The COSHAR Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to health education, improvement and empowerment with a focus on minority and disadvantaged populations, aims to raise awareness of the importance of timely childhood vaccination and to ultimately increase vaccine compliance rates among under-vaccinated children.

"With nearly a quarter of children in the United States missing life-saving vaccines, it's important that parents and caregivers understand that vaccines are the best defense against many life-threatening childhood diseases," said Sharon Allison-Ottey, M.D., executive director of The COSHAR Foundation. "We urge parents and caregivers to contact their health care providers to confirm whether their child has received the age-appropriate recommended vaccines, as well as to receive advice and information about immunizations."

Since many children in underserved communities remain unvaccinated, this program is designed to empower communities with culturally relevant information about the importance of vaccination, dispel myths and misconceptions often associated with the practice, and drive parents and caregivers to vaccinate their children. The free immunization toolkits include resources, flyers, information, questions and answer documents, scriptural references and recommendations for congregational activities and events focusing on the importance of vaccines. They are distributed through the Foundation's National Health Ministry Network (NHMN) to pastors, church
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