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National Preschool Immunization Week

The first National Preschool Immunization Week (NPIW), sponsored by CDC and members of the Immunization Education and Action Committee of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (including the Children's Action Network and the American Academy of Pediatrics); public health departments; and other private and public immunization partners, is April 24-30, 1993. This year's theme is "Hands Across the Nation for Preschool Immunization." Events will encourage cooperation between health-care providers and parents to ensure that children are enrolled with a private physician, public clinic, or other health-care facility that will screen and track their vaccination needs to ensure they receive all recommended vaccinations by their second birthday. Local programs are encouraged to participate in NPIW by tailoring activities to fit their communities' needs.

NPIW will be held the last week of April each year. It is intended to stimulate activities at national, state, and local levels that complement locally developed Immunization Action Plans (IAPs) and help achieve permanent improvements in the delivery of vaccines to infants and toddlers. In addition, NPIW is an annual opportunity to assess progress, plan for the future, and recognize major accomplishments toward achieving the national health objective for the year 2000 that at least 90% of children are fully vaccinated by their second birthday (objective 20.11) (1).

Additional information and a listing of some state and local events planned for the 1993 NPIW are available from state immunization programs or from CDC's Division of Immunization, National Center for Prevention Services, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mailstop E-05, Atlanta, GA 30333; telephone (404) 639-1867.

Reference

  1. Public Health Service. Healthy people 2000: national health

promotion and disease prevention objectives -- full report, with commentary. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 1991:521; DHHS publication no. (PHS)91-50212.

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