Immunization Awareness Month

August 2020

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What is Immunization?

Immunization, defined by the World Health Organization, is "the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease. " Immunization is used to control and eliminate life-threatening infectious diseases and is one of the most cost-effective health investments.

Spread the Word - Don't Spread Viruses

The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) has many educational materials for everyone. There are sample social media posts which you can share with friends and family, along with graphics and other "tool kits." If you would like more information, visit this site!

Educational Resources:

How to Properly Wear a Mask

Boost Your Immune System


  • Increases diversity of gut bacteria
  • Flushes out stress hormones (stress weakens the immune system)
  • Reduces the risk of obesity and chronic disease


  • Lack of sleep can lead to decreased immune function, increased stress hormone (cortisol) levels, chronic inflammation and increased risk of chronic disease
  • Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep for adults and 10-12 hours for children

Get Vaccinated

Check with your doctor to make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations! Some important vaccines are:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Pneumonia
  • Shingles
  • Tetanus

Shop Fresh, Support Local

Looking to get out of the house? Head on down to your local Farmers Market! When you shop local, you support your community and sustain access to fresh food. The produce you will find at the Farmers Market may have higher nutritional value, as it is likely to be more fresh than the produce you find in the grocery store. The more you shop local, the more your community will be able to provide for you!

City of Rochester Public Market -28 N. Union Street, Rochester

6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays

South Wedge Farmers Market -357 Gregory Street, Rochester

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays

Canandaigua Farmers Market -7 Mill Street, Canandaigua

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays

Sodus Farmers Market -58 W. Main Street, Sodus

2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays

CNY Regional Market -2100 Park Street, Syracuse

7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays & Saturdays

Flea Market open Sundays 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

EastSide Farmers Market -760 E Water Street, Elmira

2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays

Do Good, Feel Good

Give Back NY- Now through August 8th, shoppers and vendors are invited to participate in celebrating National Farmers Market Week in a nation-wide initiative to give back to local food pantries! You may purchase gift tokens, available at the Friends of the Market Token Center in $5 increments (open Tuesday/Thursdays 8am -1pm, and Saturdays from 6:30am- 3pm) The donated tokens will be tallied and divided among city based food pantries for them to spend on healthy, affordable foods at the Market. For more information, click here!

Goodwill is in need of donations. Your donations may "help someone find a job, strengthen your community and preserve the planet." When you donate new or gently used items to Goodwill, they are sold in stores or online and the revenue generated provides valuable employment training and job placement services for people in your community! For more information, Click here!

5 Things To Do In August

1. Take A Cruise On The Erie Canal

Colonial Belle + Sam Patch Tour Boat

2. Try Out Aerial Adventures + Zip Lining

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures

3. Attend A Drive-In Movie

ROC’N Drive-In @ Frontier Field + Milestone Movies + The Vintage Drive In + Finger Lakes Drive in + Midway Drive In

4. Cycle & Pedal On A Pontoon Boat On The Genesee River

Rochester Pedal Tours

5. See The Stars

Strasenburgh Planetarium + Rochester Museum & Science Center

Cauliflower Steaks with Salsa


  • 1 Cauliflower
  • ½ tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Roasted Red Pepper
  • 4 Black Olives (pitted)
  • Handful of Parsley
  • 1 tsp Capers
  • ½ tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Toasted Flaked Almonds


  1. Heat oven to 425° and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Slice the cauliflower into two 1-inch steaks – use the middle part as it’s larger, and save the rest for another time. Rub the paprika and 1⁄2 tbsp oil over the steaks and season. Put on the tray and roast for 15-20 mins until cooked through.

  2. Meanwhile, make the salsa. Chop the pepper, olives, parsley and capers, and put into a bowl and mix with the remaining oil and vinegar. Season to taste. When the steaks are cooked, spoon over the salsa and top with flaked almonds to serve. Enjoy!

"A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession" ~Hippocrates