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Notice to Readers: National Infant Immunization Week --- April 21--28, 2007

The week of April 21--28, 2007, is National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) and Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA). During this week, hundreds of communities throughout the United States are expected to participate in NIIW-VWA by sponsoring activities emphasizing the importance of timely infant and childhood vaccination.

Immunization is one of the most effective ways to protect infants and children from potentially serious diseases. Approximately 11,000 infants are born each day in the United States; according to the recommended immunization schedule, each infant requires approximately 27 doses of vaccine (i.e., administered in 21 or 22 injections of combination vaccines) before age 2 years for protection from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases (1).

Kick-off events highlighting the need to achieve and maintain high childhood vaccination coverage rates will be hosted in Nevada; Colorado; Hidalgo County, Texas; and communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. Events will include education activities for providers, media events, and immunization clinics in collaboration with CDC, state and local health departments, the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

NIIW is being held in conjunction with VWA. VWA, sponsored by PAHO, targets children and other vulnerable and underserved populations with low vaccination coverage rates in all countries in the Western hemisphere.

During NIIW-VWA, CDC has English- and Spanish-language public education campaign materials available to communities, including television public service announcements, posters, print advertisements, articles, and educational materials for parents and providers. Additional information about NIIW-VWA and childhood vaccination is available from CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/events/niiw/default.htm. Information on VWA is available at http://www.paho.org/English/DD/PIN/vw_2007.htm.

References

  1. CDC. Recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0--18 years---United States, 2007. MMWR 2006;55:Q1--Q4.



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