News05/01/2019
Celebrating National Infant Immunization Week 2019

We celebrate National Infant Immunization Week this April 27-May 4, 2019.

NIIW provides an opportunity to:

  • Highlight the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases, especially to infants and young children, and the importance and benefits of childhood immunization.
  • Educate parents and caregivers about the importance of vaccination in protecting their children from birth against vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Focus attention on immunization achievements and celebrate the accomplishments made possible through successful collaboration.
  • Step up efforts to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases and thereby give them a healthy start in life.
  • Encourage better communication between parents and healthcare professionals.
  • Remind parents and caregivers of the importance of making and keeping needed immunization appointments.
  • Provide help to parents and caregivers to locate a healthcare professional who participates in the Vaccines for Children’s program, a federally funded program that provides vaccinations at no cost to children whose parents cannot afford to pay for them.

The CIR is committed to finding vaccines to protect infants and children from infectious diseases.  The RSVPed team is working in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health to develop a safe and effective RSV vaccine to protect infants and children against respiratory syncytial virus.  Check out this interview that aired on ABC2News where Dr. Ruth Karron discusses how parents can protect their children from this infectious disease.