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International Activities

2011 International Activities



Afghanistan

Date/Time: April 19

Activity: Vaccination Week

Description: The Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan in partnership with WHO and UNICEF will mark the second consecutive year vaccination week. The Vaccination Week Campaign, "Partnership for Immunization," will be launched under the leadership of Her Excellency Dr. Suraya Dalil, Acting Minister of Public Health (MoPH) of Afghanistan with Members of the Parliament, MoPH high authorities and representatives of other ministries, government institutions, and representatives of UN agencies, donor community, civil society and media.

Brussels

Date/Time: April 26

Activity: European Immunization Week (EIW)

Description: Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium, WHO/Europe’s Special Representative for Immunization, will launch EIW. The WHO Regional Office for Europe will host a roundtable discussion with representatives from several European countries currently experiencing measles outbreaks.

China

Date/Time: April

Activity: Western Pacific Region Vaccination Week

Description: China's theme for vaccination week is "Vaccination, Healthy Baby," to remind all parents to protect the health of their children by ensuring that children have received all recommended vaccines.

Colombia

Date/Time: April

Activity: Vaccination Week in the Americas

Description: Vaccination Week in the Americas will be promoted in Colombia with a press conference on April 28 in Bogotá. Authorities from Colombia, Brazil and Peru will join PAHO/WHO representatives for a launching event on the tri-national border between Leticia, Colombia; Tabatinga, Brazil; and Santa Rosa, Peru. The event will emphasize Vaccination Week’s promotion of the right to health and contributions to reducing inequities. Participants included national, state and municipal authorities from all 3 countries.

Guatemala

Date/Time: April 28

Activity: Vaccination Week in the Americas

Description: Together with Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom and Minister of Health Ludwig Ovalle, Dr. Socorro Gross, Assistant Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, will kick off Vaccination Week in Guatemala on April 28. Vaccination is free in all Guatemala’s public health services, which this year seek to immunize 100,000 children under 6 and 60,000 women ages 15 to 49 years.

Iraq

Date/Time: April 24

Activity: Eastern Mediterranean Region Vaccination Week

Description: A launching ceremony will be held in Al-Saray Health Center, and will include vaccinating children and presenting gifts. During this week, the Ministry of Health with the full support of WHO and UNICEF will expand its vaccination services, where more than 1600 vaccinators are providing routine immunization services through Primary Health Centers, through programmes targeting unreached and unvaccinated children in low coverage areas in addition to outreach programmes and mobile activities all over the country. In addition, 2000 volunteers will visit houses in the 19 governorates to educate families and mothers about the new and improved vaccines and the importance of immunization. Series of events will take place in schools, academic institutions, and civil societies.

Jordan

Date/Time: April 28

Activity: Eastern Mediterranean Region Vaccination Week

Description: The launching ceremony will be held under the patronage of the Minister of Health with representatives from the health sectors, nongovernmental organizations, as well as parliamentarians and dignitaries.

México

Local (México) and Binational (U.S./México)

Date/Time: April

Activity: See various local (México) and binational activities and events listed in the NIIW/VWA 2011 Borderwide Activity Matrix

Description: For the eighth consecutive year, the United States-México Border Health Commission (BHC) will partner with the 10 border states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to bring additional focus during NIIW/VWA to the United States-México border region.

Contact: United States-Mexico Border Health Commission: 915-532-1006 or 1-866-785-9867 or visit www.borderhealth.org

New Zealand

Date/Time: April 23-29

Activity: Western Pacific Region Vaccination Week

Description: Immunization providers and supporters will be promoting immunization throughout the country.

North Sudan

Date/Time: April

Activity: Eastern Mediterranean Region Vaccination Week

Description: EPI in partnership with the malaria programme will celebrate at a ceremony in Khartoum, which the President of Sudan, HE Omer Albasheer, will attend. Speakers will include the President, Minister of Health, WHO representative, and representative of local NGOs, Dr Omer Suleiman. EPI partners will throw messages from a plane and travel cross the Nile, getting down into the villages to distribute messages and orientation.

Panama

Date/Time: April 25

Activity: Vaccination Week in the Americas

Description: Champion of Health Ricardo Montaner will join PAHO/WHO Assistant Director Socorro Gross, Panamanian Minister of Health Franklin Vergara, and First Lady Marten Linares de Martinelli for Panama’s launch of Vaccination Week on April 25, at the Community Health Center of Veracruz. Following the launch, Dr. Gross, Ricardo Montaner, and a group of national authorities will visit the headquarters of the Panamanian Institute for Rehabilitation, deliver vaccines, and inaugurate a new classroom.

Phillipines

Date/Time: April 25

Activity: First Western Pacific Regional Vaccination Week

Description: Thirty-one countries in the Western Pacific Region have committed to be part of the first Regional Vaccination Week, which will become an annual regional initiative. The event seeks to promote vaccination activities, including educating parents and caregivers, about the importance of vaccination in protecting children and all people from birth onwards.

Qatar

Date/Time: April 27

Activity: Eastern Mediterranean Region Vaccination Week

Description: The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) will mark the second vaccination week of the Eastern Mediterranean Region in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Healthcare Department, Supreme Education Council and Qatar Petroleum. A symposium will be held.

Somalia

Date/Time: April 22-25

Activity: Eastern Mediterranean Region Vaccination Week

Description: The 2011 Vaccination Week is being conducted in alignment with the NID from 22-25 April. In Mogadishu, the launching ceremony will be attended by the Deputy Minister of Health, health professionals, members of parliament and community elders. In Puntland, the launching ceremony will be held in Garowe. And, in Somaliland, the launching ceremony will be held as planned with the presence of ministries of information, justice and health and parliamentarians.

Suriname

Date/Time: April 28

Activity: Vaccination Week in the Americas

Description: Activities in Suriname during Vaccination Week will focus on continued health collaboration with French Guyana. On 28 April, French and Surinamese health authorities will travel together by boat to the Surinamese village of Langa Tabiki, along the Marowijne River, where health authorities will release a new health promotion poster aimed at children and parents as well as new guide for health workers to the names of vaccines used in Suriname and French Guyana. The guide is a response to reports that health workers often find it difficult to assess the vaccination status of a child who has been vaccinated on the other side of the Marowijne River. The guide will be evaluated and, if indicated, expanded to Brazil and Guyana, as well as to other neighboring countries.

Vietnam

Date/Time: April 25

Activity: Western Pacific Region Vaccination Week

Description: The launching ceremony will be held under the patronage of the Minister of Health. Started in 1985, Vietnam’s National Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) provides free vaccines for 11 infectious diseases. The country eliminated polio in 2000, and measles is expected to be eliminated in 2012

Yemen

Date/Time: April 24

Activity: Eastern Mediterranean Region Vaccination Week

Description: The second vaccination week will be launched at a ceremony to be attended by Minister of Health, Minister of Information, WHO country representative, and UNICEF country representative and many officials. The Ministry has negotiated an agreement with a Yemeni mobile phone carrier to send SMS messages to its clients ahead of the launch, informing them about the vaccination week.


State and Territorial Activities

2011 NIIW State and Territorial Activities



Alaska

Wasilla, Alaska

Date/Time: May 3-4 & 6-7, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; May 5, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Activity: Mobile Childhood Vaccine Project

Description: During the week of April 25th, the Mat-Su Vaccine Coalition will be advertising for the mobile childhood vaccine project. The project is hosted by various businesses in the region including Wal-Mart, Carrs/Safeway, Lowes, 3-Bears. In storefront space that has been assessed and approved by the Fire Marshall, the coalition will provide mobile free childhood immunizations. The vaccination van will be located in front of these businesses throughout the first week of May.

Contact: Carol Koliadko, Mat-Su Vaccine Coalition Coordinator: 907-352-6630 or Carol.Koliadko@alaska.gov

Arizona

Bisbee, Arizona

Date/Time: April 25-29

Activity: Love Them, Protect Them, Immunize Them

Description: Outreach and education for parents and caregivers promoting the value of childhood immunizations. Chiricahua Community Health Centers will have snacks and prizes for children who come in for immunizations during NIIW.

Contact: Sarah Metz, Patient Navigator: 520-432-3309 or sametz@cchci.org or visit http://www.cchci.org/.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Date/Time: April 20, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Activity: Vaccination Station

Description: The Coconino County Public Health Services District will host a "Vaccination Station," providing the opportunity for children to receive any needed vaccines with no appointment or administration fees. Nurses will be available to screen records, administer vaccinations, and educate parents and children about CDC recommendations. Parents can receive a Tdap vaccine at no cost. Each participant receives a "Boarding Pass" that will be punched at each vendor station they visit. Free diapers will be available at the Diaper Depot. Boarding passes with all stations punched will receive a prize. Two local radio stations will cover the event, doing remote broadcasts.

Contact: Jory Malis, RN, BSN, Nursing Supervisor, Immunization Program Manager: 928-679-7337 or jmalis@coconino.az.us or visit www.coconino.az.gov/.

Hayden, Arizona

Date/Time: April 30, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Activity: Community Health Fair

Description: The Gila County Health Department will host a community health fair, providing information from 30 local agencies regarding available services. This event will take place at the Hayden, AZ football field.

Contact: Nancy Mach, Community Health Assistant: 928-402-8820 or nmach@co.gila.az.us.

La Paz County, Arizona

Date/Time: April

Activity: NIIW Awareness

Description: Promoting NIIW with ads in newspapers, flyers distributed, and PSAs on the radio.

Contact: dgrazier@co.la-paz.az.us.

Mohave County, Arizona

Date/Time: April 17-30

Activity: NIIW Awareness and Vaccination

Description: Providing Tdap for parents of infants under 6 months of age who visit clinic and WIC sites. Vaccinating two care providers for two weeks in neonatal intensive care program. Anticipating vaccinating up to 150 children/caregivers.

Contact: Kathryn.griffit@co.mohave.az.us.

Navajo County Public Health, Arizona

Date/Time: April

Activity: Media Campaign

Description: PHN’s will be interviewed for local cable TV show, discussing immunizations and NIIW. PHN's will be interviewed for local radio talk show to promote Tdap cocooning. Ads will appear in newspaper, radio, local cable TV, and on screen at local movie theaters.

Contact: Kristi.Adams@navajocountyaz.gov.

Parker, Arizona

Date/Time: April 23-30, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Activity: Cocooning Awareness

Description: La Paz County Health Department will release public service announcements, Sanofi Pasteur educational brochures/information, and walk-in immunizations for Tdap in efforts to raise awareness about National Infant Immunization Week and the importance of cocooning. Cocooning is especially important for parents and caregivers if they are in close contact with an infant under 6 months of age, who is too young to receive certain vaccines. Sites, dates, and times of immunization clinics will be announced soon.

Contact: Diana Grazier, RN: 928-669-1100 or dgrazier@co.la-paz.az.us or visit www.la-paz.az.us.

Phoenix, Arizona

Date/Time: April 27-28, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Activity: 18th Annual Arizona Immunization Conference

Description: The Arizona Department of Health Services Immunization Program will host the 18th Annual Arizona Immunization Conference at Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix. Over 300 health care professionals attend this statewide conference each year to learn the latest information on vaccine-preventable diseases, immunization delivery, and vaccines. The conference covers the importance of immunizations across the lifespan but this year will have a special focus on pertussis cocooning (Surrounding Our Babies with Vaccinated Families), to complement our National Infant Immunization Week theme. Local and nationally recognized speakers will present on the latest immunization topics, including the Vaccines for Children Program; the Arizona State Immunization Information System; Arizona School and Childcare Requirements; addressing parent vaccine safety concerns; and promoting and increasing immunization coverage levels.

Contact: Kaleen Kahl, Health Educator: 602-364-3635 or Kaleen.Kahl@azdhs.gov or visit azdhs.gov/phs/immun/conf.htm

Phoenix, Arizona

Date/Time: April 27

Activity: CME Conference

Description: TAPI is hosting a CME conference for OB/GYNs, Family Practice and Arizona medical leadership at the Phoenix Country Club. Speakers include Dr. M, Wharton, Deputy Director of the CDC Immunization Division, and Dr. Coonrod, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maricopa Medical Center. The presenters will be discussing Tdap administration as part of preconception health and cocooning.

Contact: 602-253-0090 or sharons@aachc.org

Phoenix, Arizona

Date/Time: April 27

Activity: 15th Annual Big Shots for Arizona Award Dinner

Description: The annual event, this year to be held at the Phoenix Country Club, recognizes organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves by improving the health and wellness of Arizona's communities and the lives of Arizona children through increasing immunization rates. The keynote speaker will be Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Anne Schuchat from the CDC. The event will include a tribute to the memory of Dr. Daniel Cloud.

Contact: 602-253-0090 or anniem@aachc.org

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Date/Time: April 29, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm, at Douglas Fire Station and April 30, 9:00 am - 3 pm, at Sierra Vista Fire Station #3

Activity: Diaper Drive

Description: The Cochise County Health Department is giving free diapers to parents who bring in up-to-date immunization records. Children who need vaccines will be vaccinated at the event, and parents will receive free diapers too.

Contact: Nancy Berg LPN, Immunization Coordinator: 520-803-3922 or nberg@co.cochise.az.us

Tucson, Arizona

Date/Time: April 26, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Activity: Lecture, "Surround Our Babies with Vaccinated Families"

Description: CDC's Dr. Melinda Wharton will present a talk at the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Event is free and open to the public.

Contact: Christine Young: christine.young@azdhs.gov

Yavapai County, Arizona

Date/Time: April

Activity: NIIW Awareness

Description: Promoting NIIW through placement of newspaper article and on bulletin boards.

Contact: Patrice.sparks@co.yavapai.az.us

Yuma County, Arizona

Date/Time: April 21, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Activity: Vaccination Station

Description: Tdap, paid for by the county, will be available for 200 people. Issuing press release about NIIW. Health Educator is working to provide private providers with updated information.

Contact: Leighann.howell@co.yuma.az.us

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California

Chula Vista, California

Date/Time: April 30, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Activity: 11th Annual Day of the Child

Description: Chula Vista Community Collaborative is hosting "Children's Opportunities, Our Responsibilities." Hands-on activities, music, puppets, stories, entertainment, games, face painting, dance contests, prizes, magic show, health and safety information, child ID kits, visit mobile clinics and free dental screenings will all be provided.

Contact: Margarita Holguin, Director: 619-409-9412 or margarita.holguin@cvesd.org or visit www.chulavistacc.org

El Centro, California

Date/Time: April 25

Activity: Art Contest

Description: The Imperial County Public Health Department will host an art contest for children up to 5 years of age. Educational materials on immunizations will be provided to parents and caregivers.

Contact: Denise Andrade, Immunization Program Supervisor: 760-482-4906 or deniseandrade@co.imperial.ca.us

San Diego, California

Date/Time: April 25, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Activity: San Diego Immunization Coalition 20th Anniversary Celebration

Description: In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, the San Diego Immunization Coalition (SDIC) is hosting an educational event. This event will bring together over 150 healthcare professionals including coalition members, immunization providers, government representatives, public health and social service professionals from around the county.

Contact: Tania Farley, San Diego Immunization Coalition Coordinator: 619-692-8247 or tania.farley@sdcounty.ca.gov or visit www.sdiz.org/SDIC/

Victorville, California

Date/Time: April 30, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Activity: Free Health and Safety Fair

Description: The High Desert Toddler Immunization Coalition will host a health and safety fair at the High Desert Church, providing health and safety education to children. This health fair will include free vaccines covering the spectrum of preventive health care, including flu and Tdap, emergency ID, and contact information for children.

Contact: Margaret Cooker, Chair: 760-792-8882 or pdgcooker@verizon.net.

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Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Date/Time: April 27, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Activity: SOUP! (Shots Offer Unrivaled Protection) soup-tasting event

Description: The 4th Annual SOUP! soup-tasting event will raise funds and awareness for childhood immunizations and honor the 2011 Big Shot of the Year, Dr. James Shira. Beginning this year, CCIC will recognize two additional dedicated immunization champions; the Regional Sure Shot, Janice Poirot, and the Metro Denver Sure Shot, Anne Hammer. Guests will sample a variety of soups from Denver's premier restaurants and vote for the Best Soup and Most Creative Soup of the Year. The event, hosted at the Cable Center on the University of Denver Campus, is expected to draw over 200 of Colorado's pediatricians, physicians, nurses, educators, legislators, public health experts and vaccine advocates to further Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition's mission of promoting improved access, delivery, and demand for children's vaccinations to keep Colorado healthy.

Contact: Celeste Jackson, Communications Director: 720-777-8917 or jackson.celeste@tchden.org or visit http://www.childrensimmunization.org/soup

Loveland, Colorado

Date/Time: April 26—30

Activity: Meningitis Angels host events to raise awareness about Meningitis Vaccination

Description: Meningitis Angels (MA) is a national organization based in Porter, Texas. In observation of World Meningitis Day and NIIW, MA will host a number of events in Colorado, including a morning talk show; a press conference and press release; 2 national campaigns: "Angel Dads On Meningitis and Vaccines" and "Real Lives, Real Faces, Real Disease, Real Prevention: From 0-100, We're All At Risk;" as a partner with Sierra's Race for Meningitis; a memorial event for those who lost lives to the meningitis outbreak in Colorado where high office policy makers and Angel speakers are invited to speak about the importance of vaccination, videos will be presented, and a balloon launch will be held; and distribution of "Forget Me Knots" flower seed packets to be planted in recognition that vaccine preventable diseases are real and preventable.

Contact: Frankie Milley: 713-444-1074 or fmilley@aol.com or visit http://www.meningitis-angels.org

Connecticut

New Britain, Connecticut

Date/Time: April 29, 6:35 pm

Activity: Immunization Records Night with New Britain Rock Cats

Description: The New Britain Immunization Program and the New Britain Rock Cats Minor League Baseball Team have partnered to promote well child health. Stadium visitors can have their children’s immunization records reviewed and will receive a free ticket to the game. A local pediatrician will throw out the first pitch in honor of the event. An immunization information table will be set up with educational materials. New Britain Stadium is located at 230 John Karbonic Way, New Britain, CT 06051.

Contact: Ramona K. Anderson, Immunization Coordinator: 860-612-2777 or randerson@NewBritainCT.gov.

Trumbull, Connecticut

Date/Time: April 28 and May 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (English) and 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Spanish)

Activity: Mother's Day Socials

Description: The Southwestern Area Health Education Center will honor WIC moms and dads at a Mother's Day Social held at Bridgeport WIC offices (April 28 at 1450 Barnum Avenue and May 5 at 1020 Fairfield Avenue). Immunization information will be provided, along with small giveaways and raffle prizes, and attendees will play CIRTS (Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System) BINGO.

Contact: Joan Lane, Immunization Action Plan Program Coordinator: 203-372-5503 or jlane@swctahec.org or visit www.swctahec.org.

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District of Columbia

Washington, DC

Date/Time: April 28, 11:00 a.m.

Activity: Email Blast

Description: National Business Group on Health (NBGH) will send an email to 400 employers and interested public persons who have opted to receive periodic emails from the Business Group on health promotion and disease prevention. The email blast will include a link to CDC's NIIW website, as well as links to other materials on NBGH website that were sponsored by CDC.

Contact: Penney Berryman, Analyst: 202-558-3019 or berryman@businessgrouphealth.org.

Washington, DC

Date/Time: April 27, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Activity: NBC News Interview - CT affiliate

Description: Every Child by Two conducted an interview with NBC- CT News to promote NIIW and the importance of timely vaccination, focusing on recent outbreaks of measles and pertussis and importance of community immunity and cocooning.

Contact: Amy Pisani, Executive Director: 202-783-7034 or info@ecbt.org or visit www.vaccinateyourbaby.org.

Washington, DC

Date/Time: Ongoing

Activity: NIIW Awareness

Description: National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has posted a button on naccho.org's Immunization and Influenza websites. They also promote NIIW resources through immunization/infectious disease newsletters.

Contact: Abby Berns: aberns@naccho.org or visit www.naccho.org/topics/HPDP/immunization/index.cfm.

Washington, DC

Date/Time: Ongoing

Activity: Childhood vaccination

Description: NNEA Health Information Network has developed a brochure, "Talking About Childhood Vaccination," for parents, teachers, and caregivers. The free brochure, developed with reviews by NASN, NAACHO, CDC, and other organizations, focuses on improving adults' understanding of childhood vaccines.

Contact: Édeanna M. Chebbi: 202-822-7723 or echebbi@nea.org or visit www.neahin.org/educator-resources/childhood-vaccination.html.

Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Date/Time: March 16, 17 and 18, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm each day

Activity: Immunization Clinic

Description: The Indian River County Health is holding an immunization clinic for all children who qualify for VFC vaccine. Eligible children from birth to 18 years are welcome, with a focus on immunizations for children entering kindergarten, 7th grade and college.

Contact: Darlene Gordon, RN, Sr. Community Health Nursing Supervisor: 772-794-7412 or darlene_gordon@doh.state.fl.us.

Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Date/Time: April 25—29

Activity: National Infant Immunization Week Awareness Event

Description: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is hosting an NIIW table event featured at the 3 pediatric hospital locations within the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta system. The tables at each hospital will include information for parents and caregivers, such as descriptions of vaccines and the diseases they prevent, vaccine safety resources, and the recommended vaccination schedule for infants. They will also emphasize the importance of Tdap vaccination for adults, including the employees of Children's. Additionally, messages will be posted announcing NIIW and linking parents to the CDC website on the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Twitter and Facebook pages as well as the external website.

Contact: Laura Burnworth, Program Coordinator: 404-785-7160 or laura.burnworth@gmail.com or visit www.choa.org

Atlanta, Georgia

Date/Time: April 25-26

Activity: CDC NIIW Radio Media Tour

Description: In observance of NIIW, CDC hosted a Radio Media Tour on April 25-26, featuring various English and Spanish-speaking spokespeople on various radio stations throughout the nation.

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Jonesboro, Georgia

Date/Time: April 26-29, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Activity: If You Take Care Of Children, Protect Against Pertussis

Description: Offering a special TDaP vaccine clinic to staff of child care facilities in Clayton County.

Contact: Freda Sheppard, Immunization Program Associate: 678-610-7565 or flsheppard@dhr.state.ga.us

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Illinois

Benton and Marion, Illinois

Date/Time: April 25-29, 8:00 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Activity: Walk-In Immunization Clinic Week

Description: Franklin-Williamson bi-county health department is hosting walk-in immunization clinics at both health department locations (403 East Park Street in Benton and 8160 Express Drive in Marion).

Contact: Whitney Mehaffy, Director of Health Education: 618-993-8111 or wellness@bicountyhealth.org or visit www.bicountyhealth.org

Chicago, Illinois

Date/Time: April 23-30 at Jewel Osco pharmacies

Activity: Get the Facts about Immunizations

Description: The Chicago Area Immunization Campaign has partnered with a local pharmacy chain (Jewel Osco) to offer information about childhood and adult immunizations when people pick up their prescriptions. 15,000 cards will be disseminated throughout Illinois. Each two-sided card promotes NIIW, lists adult immunizations offered by Jewel Osco, and cites websites with reliable information on immunizations.

Contact: Lisa Kritz, Director: 312-491-8161 or lkritz@ilmaternal.org or visit www.ilmaternal.org

Chicago, Illinois

Date/Time: April 25-27

Activity: Childhood Vaccines: Everything You Want to Know but Are Afraid to Ask!

Description: The Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in conjunction with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and the Springfield YMCA, will kick off National Infant Immunization Week and help promote the importance of protecting infants from vaccine preventable diseases by hosting free immunization education seminars for the public. “Everything You Want to Know about the Safety of Childhood Vaccines but Are Afraid to Ask!” is expected to draw parents and caregivers from Chicago, LaGrange Park, Lake Zurich, Naperville, Springfield and the surrounding suburbs. Parents and caregivers will have a unique opportunity to talk with a pediatrician, learn what vaccines their child should receive and why, and get answers to questions. Childcare will be available.

Contact: Jeanine Solinski, Manager, Immunization Initiatives: 312-733-1026 or jsolinski@illinoisaap.com or visit illinoisaap.org/2011/04/childhoodvaccines/

Kansas

Olathe, Kansas

Date/Time: April 26, 6:30 pm

Activity: Importance of Immunizations

Description: The Importance of Immunizations will be presented by Dr. Robert Wittler, Pediatric Infectious Disease, University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Wittler will discuss vaccine-preventable diseases and the benefits of immunizations. There will be time for questions related to the safety and benefits of immunizations. This class is offered at no charge and dinner is included. KDHE-approved for home providers and center staff.

Contact: Lori Perkins, Immunization Action Plan Nurse: 913-477-8323 or lori.perkins@jocogov.org or visit health.jocogov.org

Kentucky

Florence, Kentucky

Date/Time: April

Activity: Immunization Education for New Moms

Description: Let's Immunize Northern Kentucky (LINK) Coalition is providing grocery totes, magnetic shopping list pads, and "Common Questions Parents Ask about Infant Immunizations" one-pagers to all new birth moms in Northern Kentucky.

Contact: Sonya Moseley, Immunization Program Coordinator: 859-363-2077 or sonya.moseley@nkyhealth.org or visit www.immunizenky.org

Louisiana

Alexandria, Louisiana

Date/Time: April 26, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Activity: Shots for Tots Health Fair

Description: Rapides Parish Medical Center is promoting National Immunization Week at Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Proudly serving pediatrics, NICU, newborn nursery, and OB/GYN patients at the hospital, we hope to have 200 visitors and patients. We will distribute immunization information and spread the word about the importance of immunizations in the area.

Contact: Vanessa Graves, Resource Nurse: 318-769-3512 or vanessa.graves@hcahealthcare.com

Metairie, Louisiana

Date/Time: ongoing

Activity: Immunizations ABCs manual

Description: Immunization ABCs, a child care consultant immunization manual, is a teaching tool and quick reference guide for childcare consultants and daycare/Head Start personnel statewide. Topics in this volume range from what to look for to ensure the children entering your facility are up-to-date with their vaccines, to materials which can be given to parents to answer questions they may have about the immunizations their child needs. Immunization ABCs will be available to daycare centers at no charge, by the first of June. Anyone wishing to pre-order a hard copy or CD version of the guide may contact Louisiana Shots for Tots Coordinator.

Contact: Gina Deris, Shots for Tots Coordinator: 504-838-5300 or gina.deris@la.gov or visit www.shotsfortots.com

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Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

Date/Time: April 25, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Activity: NIIW Celebration

Description: In celebration of 2011 NIIW, the Baltimore County Department of Health (BCDH) is having several outreach events. In preparing for the NIIW celebrations, the Immunization Action Plan (IAP) nurse is going out to 3 local public libraries during their Babybooster Story time, a program for infants (birth to 23 months) to provide childhood immunization information and answer any questions the parents might have about vaccinations. During NIIW, there will be 2 outreach events held by the health department, one at the BCDH central office and the other at one of the WIC locations. These events will include providing educational materials and other immunization resources, immunization-themed giveaways and raffle prizes for parents who will bring their children's up-to-date immunization records. Tdap vaccine will be offered to parents and family members who wish to receive it.

Contact: Caroline Orwenyo, PHN: 410-887-2705 or corwenyo@baltimorecountymd.gov

Owings Mills, Maryland

Date/Time: April

Activity: Maryland Infant Immunization Month

Description: In conjunction with NIIW, the Governor of Maryland has proclaimed April as Maryland’s Infant Immunization Month. The Maryland Partnership for Prevention (MPP) produced a toolkit to help partners promote immunizations for infants and toddlers during April and beyond. (See www.immunizemaryland.org/pdfs/initiatives/Observing_2011_NIIW_040511.pdf) This month, MPP is also focusing on immunizations for this young population on their Facebook page (see www.facebook.com/MarylandPartnershipforPrevention).

Contact: Tiffany Tate, Executive Director: 410-902-4677 or info@immunizemaryland.org or visit www.immunizemaryland.org

Owings Mills, Maryland

Date/Time: May 25

Activity: 2011 Maryland Child Health Promotion Awards Luncheon

Description: The 2011 Maryland Child Health Promotion Awards Luncheon is an event to recognize and celebrate Maryland-based individuals, teams or organizations that have made significant contributions toward child health.

Contact: Tiffany Tate, Executive Director: 410-902-4677 or info@immunizemaryland.org or visit www.immunizemaryland.org

Silver Spring, Maryland

Date/Time: April 2011

Activity: Pertussis Outreach Letter to Maternal-Child Health Providers

Description: Vaccinating parents, siblings, grandparents and caregivers of infants is the focus of the letter addressed to maternal-child health providers across the country. Nine healthcare professional organizations endorse the message, distributed by the American Nurses Association and ANAImmunize.

Contact: Katie Brewer at katie.brewer@ana.org or visit www.anaimmunize.org/PertussisOutreach

Minnesota

Brainerd, Minnesota

Date/Time: April 25-29

Activity: National Infant Immunization Week

Description: Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division will provide information to parents during WIC clinics. Opportunities will be available to schedule immunizations with public health staff. NIIW will also be promoted on the county Facebook page and a banner will be available in the community services building lobby.

Contact: Stephanie Kubas, PHN: 763-574-0886 or stephanie.kubas@co.crow-wing.mn.us or visit www.co.crow-wing.mn.us

Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota

Date/Time: April 25

Activity: Faces of Vaccine-Preventable Disease

Description: The Minnesota Department of Health has teamed up with some local partners to host 2 media events to kick off NIIW. One event will be held in Minneapolis and one will be held in St. Cloud. The events will bring together parents, physicians and health officials to share their stories with local media that will be invited to the event. The focus will be on the parent stories in an attempt to reach out to parents across the state who may be questioning whether vaccination is the right decision for their infant.

Contact: Andrea Ahneman, Communications Specialist: andrea.ahneman@state.mn.us or visit www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/niiw.html

St. Paul, Minnesota

Date/Time: April 11-30

Activity: Protect your little sluggers and National Infant Immunization Week

Description: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) connected with the Minnesota Twins baseball team to help promote NIIW. The Twins agreed to run a message on their scoreboard for all home games from April 11-30. The message reads, "National Infant Immunization Week is April 23-30! The Minnesota Department of Health reminds you to protect your little sluggers and get them vaccinated!" MDH is encouraging the public to take a picture of the scoreboard message and tweet it with the hashtag #mdhcatchandtoss to help spread the word. In addition, MDH is sending out special NIIW communications to parents and providers through an NIIW Web page, a newsletter to physicians and other special messages via Facebook (Minnesota Department of Health), and Twitter (@mnhealth).

Contact: Andrea Ahneman, Communications Specialist: andrea.ahneman@state.mn.us or visit www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/niiw.html

St. Paul, Minnesota

Date/Time: April 27

Activity: Minnesota Vaccination Awareness Forum

Description: Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota will partner with U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum to lead the Minnesota Vaccination Awareness Forum on April 27. The goal of the event is to dispel myths and misperceptions and to energize health care leaders around a call to action to increase vaccination rates.

Contact: Patsy Stinchfield, RN: 651-220-6444 or visit www.childrensmn.org/Blog/KidsHealth

Missouri

Ava, Missouri

Date/Time: Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday in April

Activity: Immunization Awareness

Description: Throughout the month of April, Douglas County Health Department will give all prenatal women and women with new babies a packet of immunization information, including information on infant immunizations and the importance of pertussis vaccination for adult caregivers.

Contact: Suzanne Cooney, RN, Immunization Coordinator: 417-683-4174 or SuzanneC@dchd.org

Kirksville, Missouri

Date/Time: April 25, 6:00 pm

Activity: Healthy Woman Monthly Event, Immunization Focus

Description: Northeast Missouri Health Council will host a presentation featuring two physicians, speaking about both childhood and adult immunizations.

Contact: Laura Gruber, Healthy Woman Coordinator: 660-785-1153 or laura_gruber@chs.net

Montana

Bozeman, Montana

Date/Time: April 26, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Activity: Children's Immunization Day

Description: Gallatin City-County Health Department along with Bozeman Noon Rotary Club will host a special walk-in immunization day. "Monty the Bear" will be on hand to greet the children. A kids movie will be shown and healthy snacks and prizes will be given. Nurses will be available all day to review immunization records, answer questions, and administer recommended shots.

Contact: Tami Cavanaugh, Immunization Program Manager: 406-582-3100 or visit www.gallatin.mt.gov/health

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Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Date/Time: April 25-30, various times

Activity: Celebration–A Week of No Cost Immunization Clinics

Description: The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition (SNIHC) along with the Consulate of Mexico, Nevada State Health Division, and many other partners will sponsor a week of immunization clinics. Parents and caregivers will be able to take advantage of no-cost immunizations for children 6 weeks to 6 years of age during the ‘immunization only’ clinics, to be held at 7 different locations.

Contact: Pam Beal, Executive Director: 702-933-7329 or pbeal@healthinsight.org or visit www.snicnv.org

Las Vegas, Nevada

Date/Time: April 29, April 30 and May 1, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Activity: Vaccinate Your Child Festival

Description: Three-day festival spotlighting Shots for Tots Initiative (birth to age 4) and offering over 100 exhibitors with information on childhood services. Activities include carnival with Care Flight landing, Star Wars characters, music, food, and fashion show for kids. Southern Nevada Health District Shots for Tots immunization clinic will be on-site April 30, 10 am - 6pm, trying to win spot in Guinness Book of Records for most vaccines given to children ages 0-6 in an 8-hour period.

Contact: Veronica Morata-Nichols, Community Health Nurse Manager-Immunizations: 702-759-0892 or morata@snhdmail.org or visit www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org

Reno, Nevada

Date/Time: April 23, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Activity: Give Kids a Boost: Sun Valley Health and Safety Fair

Description: The Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition will host a health and safety fair. The goal of “Give Kids a Boost: Sun Valley Health and Safety Fair” (GKAB Fair) is to bring important resources to the Sun Valley, NV community, alleviating the barriers of access and transportation. It aims to boost children’s health, safety, development, and literacy by bringing community organizations and their services to the neighborhood in an interactive, fun, one-stop-shop format. A free immunization clinic is an integral part of the fair, providing free vaccines to children birth to age 18 years, to help meet daycare and school immunization requirements.

Contact: Heidi Hurst, Director: 775-770-6713 or Heidi.Hurst@chw.edu or visit www.ImmunizeNevada.org

Reno, Nevada

Date/Time: April 28, 4:30 pm reception & book signing; 5:30 pm lecture

Activity: Lecture with Seth Mnookin, author of "The Panic Virus"

Description: Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition will host Seth Mnookin, a New York Times bestselling author, who will deliver a real life detective story that exposes what could be the biggest health scare hoax of all time in his book, The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear. The lecture will be offered at the University of Nevada School of Medicine Center for Molecular Medicine Auditorium.

Contact: Heidi Hurst, Director: 775-770-6713 or Heidi.Hurst@chw.edu or visit www.ImmunizeNevada.org

New Hampshire

Franklin, New Hampshire

Date/Time: April 24-30

Activity: NIIW 2011 - Franklin/Bristol Public Health Region

Description: All daycare providers in the public health region will be mailed educational packets with materials to use in their centers or send home to parents. During post-partum home visits, the VNA will distribute to new parents immunization educational tote bags, which were donated to the two VNA organizations. Media outreach (newspaper/radio/electronic billboards) will help spread the message of the importance of infant immunizations.

Contact: Maren Bicknell, Immunization Outreach Coordinator: 603-934-0177 or mbicknell@ccntr.org

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New Jersey

Lakewood, New Jersey

Date/Time: April 23-30

Activity: NIIW Poster Campaign

Description: Lakewood Resource and Referral Center will create and hang posters promoting National Infant Immunization Week in all local pediatric offices in the community. The posters will be distributed for all members of the New Jersey Immunization Network to use.

Contact: Leah Schnall, Case Manager: 732-942-9292 or lschnall@lrrcenter.org.

Livingston, New Jersey

Date/Time: April 26, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Activity: National Infant Immunization Week

Description: St. Barnabas Medical Center will display a table in the hospital cafeteria with handouts regarding schedule and the importance of immunizations.

Contact: Barbara Podberesky, Nurse Coordinator for the Pediatric Health Center: 973-322-5400 or BPodberesky@sbhcs.com.

Newark, New Jersey

Date/Time: April 29, 10:00 am - noon

Activity: Immunization Awareness Walk

Description: The Newark Department of Health is hosting an immunization awareness walk. The walk will include local child care centers, volunteers and high school students walking approximately 1 mile from Newark City Hall to Lincoln Park. The walk will begin at 10 am and conclude at 11:30 am at the park. Newark’s Municipal Council and Mayor are invited and will provide remarks emphasizing the importance of immunizations. "Love Them, Protect Them, Immunize Them" banners will be displayed.

Contact: Dorothy McCall, Manager, Children Health Services: 973-733-7590 or mccalld@ci.newark.nj.us.

Orange, New Jersey

Date/Time: April 29, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Activity: Immunization Walk 2011

Description: The City of Orange Township, East Orange General Hospital, and the City of East Orange and the State Department of Health & Senior Services are joining to host Immunization Walk 2011. This event will begin at Orange Park (Oakwood & Central Avenue) where a few remarks will be made by Mayor Eldridge Hawkins Jr. A few other dignitaries will proceed down Central Avenue to 310 Central Avenue in East Orange, which is the home of the Medical Arts Building. In the Medical Arts Building parking lot, area high school bands will perform, others will make presentations, and health care vendors will be present.

Contact: Darrell Holcomb, Director of Community Services: 973-266-4084 or wade4084@aol.com or visit www.ci.orange.nj.us .

Paramus, New Jersey

Date/Time: April 12

Activity: Mayoral Proclamation and Press Releases

Description: The Paramus Board of Health is coordinating a Mayoral proclamation announcing NIIW and will distribute press releases about free immunizations for qualifying infants and children, at the Paramus Board of Health’s Child Conference.

Contact: Paula Opitz, Supervising Public Health Nurse: 201-265-2100 or popitz@paramusborough.org.

Sewell, New Jersey

Date/Time: April 27, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm

Activity: Vaccines for Your Baby and You

Description: Assess immunization records for WIC children and their parents/caregivers. Explain the Child Health Program and offer Tdap to parents/caregivers if needed through the ARRA Adult Immunization Program. Show and discuss "Vaccines and Your Baby" video developed by the Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Contact: Ruth W. Skay, APN: 856-218-4150 or rskay@co.gloucester.nj.us.

New York

Indian Lake, New York

Date/Time: April 25, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Activity: Morning Out for Mom and Me

Description: The Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service will host an educational activity for moms and their children, highlighting immunizations, exercise, and nutrition.

Contact: Lisa Eckhoff, Immunization Coordinator: 518-648-6497 or lisa.eckhoff.hcphns@frontier.com or visit www.hamiltoncountyhhs.org.

Ithaca, New York

Date/Time: April 28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Activity: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Vaccines (But Were Too Afraid to Ask)

Description: Tompkins County Health Department has invited Dr. Jamie Loehr, author of "The Vaccine Answer Book," to answer questions regarding infant immunizations while addressing a population of vaccine-hesitant parents and caregivers. It is open to the public at Jillian's Drawers Community Room on The Commons, Ithaca, NY

Contact: Karen Bishop: 607-274-6620 or KBishop@tompkins-co.org or visit www.tompkins-co.org.

Rennselaer, New York

Date/Time: Ongoing

Activity: Video: Immunization of Newborn Close Contacts

Description: Nurse Training on Immunization (NurseTIP) has released "Immunization Training for Nurses," a DVD for nurses and other health professionals. Included in this DVD is "Immunization of Newborn Close Contacts," which describes a successful approach to using the NICU as an immunization setting. The video is available free of charge.

Contact: Linda Laudato: 518-402-1137 or LLaudato@uamail.albany.edu or visit www.nursetip.org

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North Carolina

Monroe, North Carolina

Date/Time: April 13, 12:00 pm

Activity: Childhood Vaccine Lunch and Learn

Description: The Union County Health Department will be hosting a lunch and learn where Sanofi Pasteur will provide lunch and discuss childhood vaccines.

Contact: Lisa Amos RN PHN III, Immunization Lead Nurse: 704-296-4800 or lisa.amos@co.union.nc.us

Ohio

Bellefontaine, Ohio

Date/Time: April 28, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Activity: Thank You Immunization Day

Description: During the regular, weekly immunization clinic, children will decorate cookies and enjoy face painting and balloon art. A local grocery store will donate un-iced cookies, another grocery store will donate a gift card for supplies, and a local balloon store will donate air for the balloons. We will distribute an immunization flyer with the NIIW coloring sheet at the clinic as well as at all local school kindegarten screenings and at "Kid Fest," a local health fair for Children Services. The local Help Me Grow office will also distribute the information. The local radio station and newspaper will promote the events and the importance of having children immunized.

Contact: Cathy Summers, Immunization Clerk: 937-592-9040 or cathy.summers@odh.ohio.gov or visit www.LoganHealth.org

Cleveland, Ohio

Date/Time: April 23, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Activity: NIIW Information Fair

Description: The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) and several community organizations will host an information fair at Cleveland’s Tower City Center, promoting free infant immunization programs and resources. The event is free, open to the public, and will include give-aways, information and activities for the whole family.

Contact: Andrew Heffron, Immunization Action Plan Nurse: 216-664-4120 or aheffron@city.cleveland.oh.us or visit www.clevelandhealth.org

Columbus, Ohio

Date/Time: April 23-30

Activity: NIIW Community Immunization Outreach Events

Description: Project L.O.V.E. (Love Our kids...Vaccinate Early!) will host various community immunization outreach events during the week. Saturday, 4/23, 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Poindexter Easter Egg Hunt and Health Fair, providing immunization record checks, at Beatty Community Center; Monday, 4/25, 11:00 am-3:00 pm: Health Open House at Columbus Public Health, showcasing childhood health programs, providing many health services available (including all childhood vaccinations), Columbus Zoo animals, the Columbus Clippers Mascot, Library Book Mobile, Fire Department Safety House, door prizes, raffles, arts and crafts, face painting, and healthy eating demonstrations; Wednesday, 4/27, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm: Immunization Outreach Clinic, at Mt Vernon Plaza, providing immunizations free physicals, kindergarten ready assessments and reading program, as well as a goodie bag for those under 3 who bring in their immunization records; and Saturday, 4/30, 1:00 pm -3:30 pm: Health Wellness Fair - Urban Concern, 1000 Bonham Avenue, offering immunization record checks.

Contact: Sean Hubert, Director: 614-645-6522 or seanh@columbus.gov or visit www.project-love.org

Dayton, Ohio

Date/Time: April 22, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Activity: NIIW Kickoff Fair

Description: Throughout April, Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County will display posters promoting NIIW in WIC clinic waiting areas in addition to the handouts given to parents throughout the year. PHDMC's Immunization Action Program will hold a health fair to kick off NIIW. Various healthcare, parenting and immunization information will be available. Parents can meet with health educators and have their children's immunization records reviewed. Immunizations will be offered for those needing them. Door prizes, freebies, and refreshments will also be provided.

Contact: Andria Winningham, Health Educator: AWinningham@tphdmc.org

Mansfield, Ohio

Date/Time: April 25, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

Activity: Evening at the Immies

Description: Mansfield Ontario Richland County Health Department will hold an immunization walk-in clinic for families. Snacks and fun give-aways will be offered in celebration of NIIW. The "alphabet soup of immunization" poster and game will take place in the waiting room.

Contact: Jody Usher, RN: 419-774-4700 or jusher@richlandhealth.org or visit www.richlandhealth.org

Napoleon, Ohio

Date/Time: April 23-30

Activity: National Infant Immunization Week Awareness

Description: Countywide awareness/promotional campaign to include: 1)newspaper educational articles; 2)radio advertising; 3)"Health Perspectives" radio show interview with Health Dept Director of Nursing; 4)promotional flyers distributed at grocery stores and on pizza boxes; 5)businesses exterior signs displaying immunization messages; 6)daycares given immunization information along with NIIW coloring pages; 7)libraries given immunization bookmarks; 8)promotional posters placed in hospital, pharmacies, post offices, and laundromats; 9)immunization coloring books given out at WIC and immunization clinics; 10)NIIW Certificate of Recognition signed by Health Commissioner given to health department immunization staff, doctors' offices, and other partnering agencies that promote immunizations during NIIW and throughout the year.

Contact: Janet Meyer, Immunization Action Plan Grant Coordinator: 419-599-5545 or jmeyer@henrycohd.org or visit www.henrycohd.org

Stow, Ohio

Date/Time: April 25-29

Activity: Protect your child from vaccine preventable diseases

Description: Promote vaccine education for parents and caregivers of children 0-5 years of age at the WIC clinics. Vaccine education handouts, books, passports and keychains will be available at 3 WIC sites in Summit County. Parents that bring in their child's shot records will be able to complete a raffle/survey form and be entered into a basket giveaway at the end of the week. Education on the importance of vaccine record keeping will also be addressed.

Contact: Wendy Brolly, RN: 330-926-5797 or wbrolly@schd.org

Urbana, Ohio

Date/Time: April 25-29, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Activity: Immunization Art Project

Description: Champaign Health District supplied recycled vaccination caps to art classes in middle schools of the city and county schools of Champaign County along with educational materials about vaccinations. Students were challenged to then create a project to demonstrate what they learned. The projects were judged and displayed for the public at the Health District offices. A press release with pictures will be forwarded to the newspaper and website. All parents presenting to the Health District during the week will also be given a free gift bag of educational materials and small prizes.

Contact: Sheila Pena RN, Director of Nursing: 937-484-1605 or sheila.pena@odh.ohio.gov or visit www.champaignhd.com

Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma

Date/Time: April 23-30

Activity: Poster Campaign

Description: The Cleveland County Immunization Coalition will hang posters in area physicians' offices, childcare centers, churches, laundromats, businesses etc. to promote the importance of vaccinating families.

Contact: Megan Scott, Steering Committee Secretary: 405-579-2252 or meganls@health.ok.gov

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Date/Time: April 2, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Activity: Annual Baby and Toddler Expo

Description: Oklahoma County Immunization Coalition will host an expo where dozens of exhibitors with information and products for new parents, expectant parents, grandparents, newborns, and toddlers will be present. Health educational seminars will be presented by the University of Oklahoma physicians, and prizes, Tdap vaccine, safety checks and free baby photos will all be available.

Contact: Sandy Crawford, Director: 405-425-4404 or sandra_crawford@occhd.org or visit www.ocic.info

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Date/Time: April 9, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Activity: Hoops for Health

Description: Oklahoma County Immunization Coalition will hold a 3 on 3 basketball tournament concurrently with a health fair offering health assessments and screenings including diabetes, healthy eating, stroke prevention, dental health, skin cancer prevention, zumba exercises, chair exercises, prescription medication assistance, and fun activities for kids. Doctors and nurses will be available for questions. Oklahoma County Immunization Coalition will host an information booth and Oklahoma City-County Health Department will offer immunizations for all ages.

Contact: Sandy Crawford, Director: 405-425-4404 or sandra_crawford@occhd.org or visit www.ocic.info

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Date/Time: April 25-29

Activity: Diseases that Vaccines Can Prevent

Description: Oklahoma State Department of Health, Immunization Service staff will assemble binders with pictures of people suffering from 10 vaccine-preventable diseases and the Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) for the disease opposite the picture. The binders will be placed in county health department waiting rooms statewide.

Contact: Susan Mendus, Education and Training Director, Immunization Service: 405-271-4073 or susanm@health.ok.gov or visit www.health.ok.gov

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Date/Time: May 7, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Activity: "Be Wise Immunize" at the Tulsa Air & Space Museum

Description: Health fair at the Tulsa Air & Space Museum (3624 North 74th East Avenue) will celebrate NIIW. Infant, child & teen immunizations & catch-up immunizations will be available, along with Tdap boosters for incoming 7th graders (to meet new 2011-12 School Year State of Oklahoma requirement). Each child immunized at the event will receive free admission to the Museum plus admission for 2 accompanying family members. Car seat safety education and immunization information will be provided.

Contact: Katherine A. Sebert, RN, Tulsa Area Immunization Coalition Coordinator: 918-595-4514 or ksebert@tulsa-health.org or visit www.tulsaimmunize.org.

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Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Date/Time: April 22-May 17

Activity: 2011 OPIC Awards

Description: Oregon Partnership to Immunize Children (OPIC) will host their 2011 Annual OPIC Awards to honor individuals and organizations who have significantly contributed to the increase of childhood and adolescent immunization awareness and/or immunization rates in Oregon.

Contact: Karen R. Elliott, OPIC Coordinator: 971-673-0285 or karen.r.elliott@state.or.us or visit www.HealthOregon.org/imm

Portland, Oregon

Date/Time: April 23-May 15

Activity: Statewide Advertising Campaign

Description: The Oregon Partnership to Immunize Children (OPIC) is sponsoring a statewide advertising campaign using ads created and tested by ASTHO. The print ads will run in newspapers and family magazines during NIIW; an animated version will run in movie theaters for four weeks. The ads will run in counties that have high religious exemption to immunization rates.

Contact: Susan Wickstrom, Communications Specialist: 971-673-0892 or susan.d.wickstrom@state.or.us or visit www.HealthOregon.org/imm

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date/Time: April 25-29

Activity: A week of blog posts on diseases prevented by infant vaccines

Description: The History of Vaccines website is featuring a series of blog posts on diseases preventable by vaccination of infants. Posts will look at diphtheria, polio, rotavirus, and measles, highlighting the history of each disease and the development of a vaccine for each disease.

Contact: Karie Youngdahl, Project Director: 215-399-2253 or kyoungdahl@collegeofphysicians.org or visit www.historyofvaccines.org/blog

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date/Time: April 23-30

Activity: Community Partners promote National Infant Immunization Week

Description: The Allegheny County Health Department WIC Program, Infectious Disease Program, and the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition are teaming up to celebrate NIIW. At WIC, gift bags will be provided by the Lactation Consultants to all breastfeeding moms who visit the breastfeeding office or are seen at their homes by Lactation Consultants Mary Ufnar, Becky Ulke, and Nellie Wianko. The gift bags include useful baby items, a free coupon for one adult Tdap vaccine, and flyers with information on whooping cough reliable websites and directions to the Allegheny County Health Department Immunization Clinic (ACHD). Gift bags with information and small useful baby items will also be distributed in the county’s 6 birthing hospitals. These bags also include the voucher for one adult family member of the infant to receive a free dose of Tdap. Vouchers can be redeemed at the ACHD immunization clinic in Oakland. Also, a press release was sent out by the Allegheny County Health Department Public Information office.

Contact: Nancy Scopelitis, PHN, Coalition Nurse: 412-578-7959 or nscopelitis@achd.net

Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island

Date/Time: April 26, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Activity: Child/Infant Care Nurse Partnership

Description: The Rhode Island Department of Health is holding a dinner event that includes a presentation entitled "Influenza Vaccination: Public Health Need, Safety/Efficacy, Data & Opportunities for Vaccination." Kitty Mahoney, RN, BSN, MS of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is the keynote speaker. This event is intended to launch a partnership with nurses in childcare settings.

Contact: Heidi Wallace: 401-222-4631 or heidi.wallace@health.ri.gov or visit www.health.ri.gov.

Providence, Rhode Island

Date/Time: April 26—30

Activity: Child-designed placemats for maternity wards

Description: Based on a partnership between the Rhode Island Department of Health birthing hospitals and a number of Rhode Island childcare centers, children drew pictures based on the story, “The Flu and You”, by Geri Rhoda, RN. These pictures will be used on placemats designed for use in the maternity wards during NIIW. The placemats will also include the infant immunization schedule as well as information regarding the importance of vaccinating the caregivers of infants with Tdap.

Contact: Heidi Wallace: 401-222-4631 or heidi.wallace@health.ri.gov or visit www.health.ri.gov.

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Texas

Austin, Texas

Date/Time: April

Activity: WIC Cocooning Project

Description: The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department will provide Tdap vaccines to parents and caregivers of infants enrolled in WIC.

Contact: Coleen Christian, Health Educator: 512-972-5534 or coleen.christian@ci.austin.tx.us or visit www.ci.austin.tx.us/health/immunization.htm

Austin, Texas

Date/Time: April 19, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Activity: Child Care Professionals Workshop

Description: The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department will provide an immunization education and awareness workshop geared for child care professionals.

Contact: Coleen Christian, Health Educator: 512-972-5534 or coleen.christian@ci.austin.tx.us or visit www.ci.austin.tx.us/health/immunization.htm

Austin, Texas

Date/Time: April 29, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Activity: Immunization Workshop for Healthcare Professionals

Description: The City of Austin HHSD is hosting a free, one-day workshop that provides training for healthcare providers in preparation to administer immunizations in a safe, effective manner. Topics covered include: immunization standards, vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines, immunization recommendations and requirements, disease surveillance, immunization record screening, vaccine precautions and contraindications, handling and management of vaccine biologicals, identification and treatment of adverse events, VAERS and administration techniques.

Contact: Kathy Cavin, VFC Coordinator: 512-972-5414 or kathy.cavin@ci.austin.tx.us or visit www.ci.austin.tx.us/health/immunization.htm

Austin, Texas

Date/Time: April 21, 5:30 pm

Activity: Mayoral Proclamation

Description: Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell will read a proclamation recognizing National Infant Immunization Week and the importance of immunizations.

Contact: Coleen Christian, Health Educator: 512-972-5534 or coleen.christian@ci.austin.tx.us or visit www.ci.austin.tx.us/health/immunization.htm

Edinburg, Texas

Date/Time: April 28, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Activity: 2011 TVFC In-service

Description: Hidalgo County Health & Human Services Department will present to 220 TVFC providers on TVFC updates. Topics will include childhood/adolescent immunizations, vaccination techniques, an ImmTrac update, surveillance/communicable diseases, zoonosis update, and Texas Health Steps. The guest speaker will be Ms. Donna Weaver, CDC Nurse Educator.

Contact: Delia Garza, TVFC Educator: 956-383-6221 or delia.garza@hchd.org or visit www.hchd.org

Edinburg, Texas

Date/Time: April 26, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Activity: Binational Immunization In-service

Description: The Hidalgo County Health & Human Services Department will host a presentation where speakers from Mexico and Texas will focus on the 2011 Binational Immunization Resource. Speakers will educate and train promotoras on vaccine preventable diseases, the importance of keeping infants and children up to date on immunizations, and the Mexico/US immunization schedules. Promotoras will then provide information to the community.

Contact: Delia Garza, TVFC Educator: 956-383-6221 or delia.garza@hchd.org or visit www.hchd.org

El Paso, Texas

Date/Time: April 26-30, 6:30 am - 5:30 pm

Activity: Keeping Our Community Healthy

Description: Providing free immunizations for children birth through 35 months of age at 5 health centers and free Tdap and MCV4 for adults age 18 years and older.

Contact: Rox Ann Parks, Nursing Program Manager, City Of El Paso Dept Public Health Immunization Program: 915-771-5740 or roxann.parks@elpasotexas.gov or visit http://www.elpasotexas.gov

El Paso, Texas

Date/Time: April 27, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Activity: NIIW Luncheon and Presentation

Description: The El Paso Immunization Coalition will host a luncheon followed by a presentation including a keynote address by Dr. Gary Overturf, Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology at University of New Mexico School of Medicine, a legislative update by Ms. Anna C. Dragsbaek, CEO & President of The Immunization Partnership, and special guest speaker and meningitis survivor, Ms. Jaime Schanbaum. Location: 9600 Sims.

Contact: Dusty Warden, Outreach Coordinator: 915-533-3414 or dwarden@elpasoic.org or visit http://www.elpasoic.org

El Paso, Texas

Date/Time: April 25-29, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Activity: Free Immunizations

Description: Immunize El Paso will provide free immunizations to all children age 5 years and younger at 2 locations (222 S. Campbell and 1580 George Dieter, Ste. 102).

Contact: Dusty Warden, Outreach Coordinator: 915-533-3414 or dwarden@elpasoic.org or visit http://www.elpasoic.org

El Paso, Texas

Date/Time: Ongoing

Activity: National Infant Immunization Week Song

Description: In honor of NIIW, the US-Mexico Border Health Commission has put together a pro-vaccine ballad in Spanish and translated into English. The audio file and lyrics are available for download and dissemination.

Visit: www.borderhealth.org/niiw-vwa.php?curr=bhc_initiatives

Fort Worth, Texas

Date/Time: April

Activity: CareVan Mobile Immunization Program

Description: The customized mobile immunization Care Vans visit schools, churches, restaurants, parks, shopping centers, public housing, community events, etc. and offer free childhood immunizations. During NIIW, staff will distribute materials emphasizing the importance of keeping to recommended schedules and reminding parents that free vaccines are available for children birth through 18 years of age.

Contact: Beth Stodieck, Lead Nurse, DFW Metroplex: 972-689-8285 or CareVanBeth@att.net or visit www.carevan.org

Houston, Texas

Date/Time: April

Activity: NIIW Awareness

Description: The Houston Department of Health and Human Services will host two educational classes for WIC parents. Topics will include history of disease eradication, childhood diseases, vaccine schedule, vaccine safety and recent events related to disease outbreaks and pandemics.

Contact: Jeanel Montez, Sr. Public Health Educator, at jeanel.montez@houstontx.gov

Humble, Texas

Date/Time: April 19-30

Activity: NIIW

Description: Squatty Lyons Health Center’s monthly meeting (04/19/11) will serve as a refresher for vaccine education and administration. Staff will seek out children in the facility who are behind on vaccinations to get them up to date, also educating the public on the importance of vaccines.

Contact: Nicholle M. Hawkins, LVN: 281-913-1679 or Nicholle_Hawkins2@hchd.tmc.edu

Laredo, Texas

Date/Time: April 27, 7:45 am - 4:15 pm

Activity: Texas Vaccine for Children Conference

Description: City of Laredo Health Department will be holding a conference where local Texas Vaccine for Children providers will be provided training on the latest TVFC recommendations, including newest vaccine recommendations and requirements, vaccine storage and handling, how to encourage parents to immunize babies on time, Texas health steps, influenza, disease reporting, perinatal hepatitis B, and others.

Contact: Blanca E. Gonzalez, Registered Nurse Supervisor: 956-795-4906 or bgonzalez@ci.laredo.tx.us or visit www.ci.laredo.tx.us/Health/Healthindex.htm

New Braunfels, Texas

Date/Time: April 27, 8:30 am - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Activity: NIIW Free Vaccination Clinic

Description: Comal County Health Department is hosting a free vaccination clinic for children birth–4 years of age. Coupons from various Comal County businesses will be given away, including discounts from The Jumpy Place, Dairy Queen, Chik-Fil-a, McDonald's, and Sonic.

Contact: Melissa Nitschke, ImmTrac Outreach Specialist: 830-221-1100 or nitscm@co.comal.tx.us

Odessa, Texas

Date/Time: April 25-28, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Activity: Free immunizations to qualifying children 2 mo through 3 yrs

Description: Ector County Health will be offering vaccines for children 2 months–3 years of age, staying within guidelines of the TVFC program.

Contact: Melissa Nitschke, Penny Farris, R.N., at 432-498-4141

San Antonio, Texas

Date/Time: April 25-29, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Activity: NIIW Free Goody Bags

Description: The Metro Health Immunization Clinics will distribute 300 goody bags to children being serviced for immunizations during NIIW. Each recyclable bag contains a "Practice Healthy Habits" activity and coloring book, plastic flyer (Frisbee), medicine measuring spoon, cold/hot pack, tissues, water bottle, immunization schedule magnet, and hand sanitizer. Goal is to provide fun items for the children along with educational materials that the entire family can enjoy improving health, preventing disease and promoting a healthier community.

Contact: Debra Canales, Community Services Supervisor: 210-207-8894 or debra.canales@sanantonio.gov or visit www.sanantonio.gov/health/immunizations/

San Antonio, Texas

Date/Time: April 27-29

Activity: IIS Enhanced Registry Preview

Description: The San Antonio Immunization Registry, or SAIRS, one of the nation's original registries, has been overhauled and enhanced for today's electronic medical world. This state of the art database will be unveiled to local providers and scholastic users as a celebration of their commitment and dedication to the immunization of San Antonio children. Direction, open discussion, and a hands-on preview will all be a part of the informative sessions at San Antonio's Alamo Dome.

Contact: Clark Petty, Sr. Management Analyst: 210-207-2869 or clark.petty@sanantonio.gov or visit www.sanantonio.gov/health/immunizations/

San Juan, Texas

Date/Time: April 15, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Activity: Bi-National Immunization In-Service

Description: The South Texas Promotora Association, sponsored by the Office of Border Health Austin, Texas, will host a bi-national immunization in-service targeted training for promotoras on immunizations for women and pregnant teens. The event will feature presenters from Mexico and USA.

Contact: Merida Escobar, President, Founder & CEO: 956-383-5393 or STPA08@sbcglobal.net

Sinton, Texas

Date/Time: April 18, 9:00 am

Activity: NIIW Proclamation

Description: The San Patricio County NIIW Proclamation will be signed by the County Judge with local newspaper media present. An article will be featured in local area newspapers to educate public on the importance of vaccines and to promote NIIW. The San Patricio County Department of Public Health will offer free vaccines during NIIW to TVFC qualified children from birth through 18 years old.

Contact: Jessica Hernandez, Immunization Program Manager: 361-364-6208 or jessica.hernandez@dshs.state.tx.us

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Utah

Bountiful, Utah

Date/Time: April 21, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Activity: "Immunize for Life" Spring Conference

Description: Northern Utah Immunization Coalition will hold their annual "Immunize for Life" meeting, targeting private and public clinic staff, school nurses, public health providers, physicians, media, hospital and long-term care facility staff, and any others interested in improving immunization rates in northern Utah. The educational and motivational morning will include presentations on immunization updates, school rules, and current vaccination rates in the area. "Top Immunizers" will be recognized for their achievements.

Contact: David Cope, MD: 801-558-9689 or dcope@copefamilymedicine.com or visit www.nuic.org

Vermont

Bennington, Vermont

Date/Time: April 2011

Activity: National Infant Immunization Week Display

Description: Throughout the month of April, the Vermont Department of Health will exhibit a bulletin board in honor of National Infant Immunization Week in the waiting area for WIC clients. They will also distribute NIIW handouts for parents.

Contact: Carol Pizzo, RN, Public Health Nurse: 802-447-3531 or carol.pizzo@ahs.state.vt.us

Virginia

Appomattox, Virginia

Date/Time: April 27, 10:00 am

Activity: Teddy Bear Clinic

Description: Teddy Bear Clinic will be held at Methodist Day Care. Children 3 & 4 year olds can bring their teddy bear for a check up and immunization. A short presentation will be given on hand washing, brushing teeth, and healthy food choices.

Contact: Diann Pickett, RN: 434-352-2313 or Diann.Pickett@vdh.virginia.gov

Bedford, Virginia

Date/Time: April 28, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Activity: Childhood immunization information at "Books for Fun," Big Island Library

Description: Information on immunizations, including safety of vaccines, five important reasons to vaccinate, and immunizations required for school admission in VA, will be provided to the public. Children will receive stickers, crayons and coloring sheets with simple meassages regarding immunizations.

Contact: Barbara Heinrich, RN: 540-586-7952 or barbara.heinrich@vdh.virginia.gov

Fairfax, Virginia

Date/Time: April 2011

Activity: Immunization Proclamation

Description: The Fairfax County Health Department is recognizing The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for issuing a proclamation designating April as Immunization Month. All Pediatrics, a private pediatric practice represented by Dr. Thomas Sullivan, will be recognized for its active participation in the Virginia Immunization Information System registry. In addition, The Diocese of Arlington Catholic Schools in Fairfax County, represented by Sr. Bernadette, will be recognized for the school system's commitment to immunizing children.

Contact: Christine Carlock: 703.246.8648 or christine.carlock@fairfaxcounty.gov or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd

Rustburg, Virginia

Date/Time: April 27, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Activity: Celebrate Compliance

Description: When children arrive for immunization clinic, the nurse will provide educational vaccination information to parent/caregiver and will provide child with a certificate and a book.

Contact: Rebecca Parker, Public Health Nurse: 434-592-9550 or Rebecca.Parker@vdh.virginia.gov

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Washington

Seattle, Washington

Date/Time: April 28, 11:30 am

Activity: Immunization Clinic

Description: In celebration of National Infant Immunization Week, the Immunization Action Coalition of Washington, partnering with the Seattle Children’s Hospital, is excited to host a lunchtime presentation featuring Alison Singer, President of the Autism Science Foundation. Alison will be discussing the latest in autism research and science. Welcoming remarks will be from Janna Bard, Department of Health, and from mommy blogger and Seattle Children's pediatrician Wendy Sue Swanson, "Seattle Mama Doc."

Contact: Mackenzie Melton, Immunization Project Coordinator, at 206-830-7644 or mackenziem@withinreachwa.org or visit http://immunizewa.org/.

Yakima, Washington

Date/Time: April 29, 7:30 am

Activity: Second Annual Vaccine Safety & Program Issues Seminar

Description: National autism advocate and expert Alison Singer will speak at the Second Annual Vaccine Safety & Program Issues Seminar. Ms Singer will address parent concerns, research regarding thimerosal and vaccines and how to address parents, parent issues on vaccinating autistic children and siblings, and professional issues on autism research.

Contact: Ruth Rosenkranz, Co-Chair: 509-249-6606 or ruth.rosenkranz@co.yakima.wa.us

Wisconsin

Janesville, Wisconsin

Date/Time: April 25-28, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Activity: Immunization Fair

Description: In honor of National Infant Immunization Week, Rock County Health Department (RCHD) is offering extended immunization clinic hours. Through the generous donations of local businesses, families who come to these clinics receive a free gift. Clinic locations: Monday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 27, at RCHD South Office (Beloit); Tuesday, April 26, Thursday, April 28, at RCHD North Office (Janesville). The RCHD Immunization Outreach Committee is working diligently to increase the number of children in the county who are fully protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Contact: Laura Fadrowski, Health Educator at 608-757-5440 or fadrowsk@co.rock.wi.us or visit http://www.co.rock.wi.us/.

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