National Infant Immunization Week 2013
National Infant Immunization Week / Toddler Immunization Month
April 20 – 27 2013 / May 2013
Theme: “Immunization. Power to Protect”
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) / Toddler Immunization Month (TIM) are annual observances to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States.
Send Your Kids Back to School with Their Vaccines Up to Date
Back-to-school after Spring recess is the time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up-to-date on their vaccines. Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health—and that of classmates and the community. Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students.
Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease, parents may not have heard of some of today’s vaccines or the serious diseases they prevent. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. That is why it is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.
Vaccine-preventable diseases still circulate in the United States and around the world, so continued vaccination is necessary to protect everyone from potential outbreaks. Even when diseases are rare in the U.S., they can be brought into the country, putting unvaccinated children at risk.
One example of the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases is the increase in whooping cough (pertussis) cases or outbreaks that have been reported in a majority of states during 2012. Today, there are whooping cough cases in every state, and the country is on track to have the most reported cases since 1959. As of November 16, 2012, more than 35,000 cases have been reported across the United States, including 16 deaths. The majority of these deaths were among infants younger than 3 months of age.