National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy and resilient communities. This year it will take place April 18-25 and local health departments are planning numerous activities to highlight the importance of immunizing infants.
Several local health departments have shared their plans for NIIW, which include the following:
- The Norwalk Health Department (CT) with the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, will distribute information regarding the Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System, childhood vaccines, vaccine safety, and whooping cough vaccine in the lobby of the WIC office.
- The Southern Nevada Health District, with the United Way, Immunize Nevada, and Nevada WebIZ, will be hosting a health fair featuring community resources, child health screenings, and fun activities. Vaccines will be offered for children birth – 18 years of age.
- The Tulsa Area Immunization Coalition, with the local Rotary Clubs, Rotary International, Tulsa City-County Health Department, Oklahoma Caring Foundation, and Tulsa Zoo, will host an immunization event with free admission to the Tulsa Zoo for each child immunized.
- The Hidalgo County Health Department (TX) with the South Texas Immunization Coalition, will host an immunization conference for Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers. The conference will educate providers and equip them with tools to have successful VFC programs in their facilities.
- The Fairfax County Health Department (VA), with Capital Area Providers, WIC, and Health Department Clinics, will host an event to recognize community partners for outstanding Virginia Vaccines for Children immunization compliance.
For more information and for materials to promote NIIW, visit CDC’s website.