I didn’t realize that it was International Group B Strep Awareness Month


I guess they're not doing a particularly good job of creating awareness because it wasn't until I consulted the 2006 National Health Observances calendar that the month of July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month.

For some reason, July and August are pretty light on the health observances calendar. Maybe because people are on summer vacation.

Who decides whether a particular health observance merits a day, a week, or a month? You'd think they'd save the months for the really big issues, seeing as there are only twelve of them. And for some reason, ultraviolet radiation gets two months. May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month, and July is UV Safety Month. That's one sixth of the year dedicated to ultraviolet radiation.

(I'm not belittling the health causes themselves, just the way they get assigned days on the calendar.)

Comments (4)
  1. Richard Hough says:

    I’ve heard it suggested that the significance of an event is inversely proportional to the time required to commemorate it.

    Data points to add to the two months for UV awareness and full month for Group B Strep are Hiroshima day (http://www.betterworldlinks.org/book80.htm) and the single minute of silence signifying the end of World War I.

  2. kbiel says:

    >Data points to add to the two months for UV awareness and full month for Group B Strep are Hiroshima day (http://www.betterworldlinks.org/book80.htm) and the single minute of silence signifying the end of World War I.

    Not exactly apples to apples here.  The dropping of the atom bomb and the WWI armistice occurred on an actual day, where "awareness" days or months are not tied to an actual event.

  3. Cooney says:

    May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month, and July is UV Safety Month. That’s one sixth of the year dedicated to ultraviolet radiation.

    Well, May and June is the part of the year where tards like myself go get sunburns because we can’t be bothered to use sunblock.

  4. Archangel says:

    There’s also International Talk Like A Pirate Day, which is apparently as significant as Hiroshima. Of course we know that the lack of pirates is responsible for global warming (http://www.venganza.org/piratesarecool4.jpg), so maybe it should be Talk Like A Pirate Month…

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