National Infant Immunization Week kicks off April 24th, a yearly observance of the importance of vaccinating children two years and younger. NIIW runs April 24-30 2022 as part of World Immunization Week, a World Health Organization Initiative.
To promote NIWW in your community and practice visit the CDC website. The CDC NIIW hub provides a wide variety of resources for healthcare professionals to use during this week. The Digital Media Toolkit has social media messages, content, and materials for your practice to highlight the positive impact of childhood immunization. These include graphics pre-sized for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In addition, the Toolkit has flyers, posters, infographics, and videos.
The Immunization Advocacy Network of Ohio also has some awesome resources and activities available to boost awareness of the importance of childhood vaccines. IANO and its long-time partners, the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics and Ohio Champions for Vaccines are hosting a week-long Ohio Immunization Awareness Week with a variety of quick and easy engagement opportunities for IANO members.
This year, it’s particularly critical to ensure that families stay on track for routine checkups and recommended vaccinations following disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. During NIIW, CPP encourages our members to remind families to schedule children’s routine visits and vaccinations. We hope that your practice will take some time this week to reflect on the importance of infant immunizations and the profound impact these vaccines have had in reducing vaccine preventable diseases.
Happy National Infant Immunization Week!