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Mexico

Mexico City, DF, Mexico

Date/Time: March 29

Activity: Educational radio program

Description: Radio broadcast, Parejas Disparejas Y La Familia?, on Radio Red 1110 AM Mexico City, will discuss HPV, cervical cancer, and the 2 available HPV vaccines.

Contact: Dr. Jaime Micher Camarena, Propietario, MEDICANZURES at (55)53606662 or vacuname@yahoo.com

Naucalpan, Edomex, Mexico

Date/Time: April 21 - 28

Activity: Immunization Radio Broadcast

Description: Jaime Micher, MD, director of MEDICANZURES, will present on "Immunization and Pregnancy." This radio broadcast will focus on how vaccines keep a pregnant woman and her growing family healthy. One of the main topics will emphasize getting vaccinated with Td (Tdap preferred) and influenza vaccine.

Contact: Dr. Jaime Micher Camarena, Propietario, MEDICANZURES, at 525553606672 or vacuname@yahoo.com


State and Territorial Activities

2012 NIIW State and Territorial Activities



Arizona

Mesa, Az

Date/Time: April 28, 2 - 5 pm

Activity: The Day of the Child

Description: The Mesa Fire Department will host a booth at the Fiesta Mall Día del Niño event. Educational information regarding childhood immunizations for parents and give-aways for kids will be distributed.

Contact: Larissa Dvorak, Immunization Program Coordinator, at 480-644-6829 or larissa.dvorak@mesaaz.govor visit http://www.mesaaz.gov/fire/EMS/Immunizations.aspx

Phoenix, Az

Date/Time: April 16

Activity: Immunization Clinic

Description: Tdap immunizations were made available to our nursing faculty and support staff during a regularly scheduled faculty meeting. We hope to serve as a model for colleges and schools of nursing across the nation in making Tdap vaccination accessible and convenient for nursing faculty. ASU's nurse-managed health center provided the vaccines.

Contact: Gail Petersen Hock, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Arizona State University, at 602-496-2245 or gail.hock@asu.eduor visit http://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/index.htm

Phoenix, Az

Date/Time: April 21, 8 am - Noon

Activity: Focus on Early Childhood Workshop

Description: A 4-hour workshop for childcare providers with an annual immunization update, troubleshooting immunization data reports, and an overview of public health and community resources. Maricopa County Department of Public Health will be providing free Tdap to participants.

Contact: Gail Petersen Hock, Chair, Executive Committee at 602-262-2447 or info@mcchip.orgor visit http://www.mcchip.org

California

Chula Vista, CA

Date/Time: April 21, 11 am - 3 pm

Activity: Day of the Child

Description: The Chula Vista Community Collaborative will sponsor The Day of the Child in honor of NIIW. This event will highlight the importance of a safe, healthy environment in the lives of children. It will also focus on ways to encourage family and community wellness. Various community agencies will also promote their free services available to the South Bay Community.

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

National City, CA

Date/Time: April 28

Activity: Safe Summer Slam Health Fair

Description: Safe Summer Slam is a youth empowerment event and neighborhood festival. This fair will host games, entertainment, activities and food all in one. In addition, various community organizations will collaborate to address socially relevant issues, such as teen pregnancy prevention, family planning, and general wellness. Free to the public.

Contact: Jason Navarro, Program Coordinator, at 619-477-4451 or jnavarro@y2ycenter.org or visit http://www.safesummerslam.org/

Colorado

Alamosa, CO

Date/Time: April 25, 8 am – 1 pm

Activity: Immunization Education at the Annual "Week of the Child" Festival

Description: The Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley will celebrate its seventh annual "Week of the Young Child" with kite flying, face painting, bubble blowing, and an obstacle course. The Alamosa County Health Department will be present at the event to offer educational resources on the benefits of immunization. Health department personnel will also review and update children's vaccination records.

Contact: LoriAnn Snow, RN PHN, at 719-587-5191 or lsnow@alamosacounty.org or visit http://www.alamosacounty.org

Aurora, CO

Date/Time: April 26, 6 pm – 9 pm

Activity: 5th Annual SOUP (Shots Offer Unrivaled Protection) Fundraiser

Description: This event, sponsored by Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition (CCIC) at the Cable Center on the University of Denver campus, will raise funds and awareness for childhood immunizations and honor the Big Shot of the Year, Dr. Allison Kempe. In addition, CCIC will recognize 2 immunization champions: the Regional Sure Shot, Opal Stalker, and the Metro Denver Sure Shot, Priscilla Hurley. The theme of the fundraiser is "Local Efforts. Global Good.", recognizing how local immunization efforts positively impact disease prevention worldwide. In addition to networking, guests will sample a variety of soups and vote for the Best Soup and Most Creative Soup of the year.

Contact: Meredith Kersten, Communications Manager, at 720-777-1798 or meredith.kersten@childrenscolorado.org or visit http://www.childrensimmunization.org

Connecticut

New Britain, CT

Date/Time: April 23, gates open at 5:35 pm

Activity: Immunization Records Night with the New Britain Rock Cats

Description: The New Britain Immunization Program and the New Britain Rock Cats Minor League Baseball Team have partnered to promote children’s 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 Program Coordinator, 860-612-2777 or randerson@sbcglobal.net

Trumbull, CT

Date/Time: April 27, 10-11:30 am and 1-2:30 pm

Activity: Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Mother’s Day Social

Description: Bridgeport Immunization Action Plan Program together with Bridgeport WIC programs will host 2 fun, educational sessions providing information about adult and child vaccines, as well as oral health. Mother’s Day give-aways and preschool activities will be provided.

Contact: Joan Lane, MPH, Director of Programs, Southwestern AHEC at 203-372-5503 or jlane@swctahec.org or visit http://www.swahec.org

Florida

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Date/Time: April 27 & 28, 8 am – 5 pm

Activity: Enhancing Childhood Immunization Strategies and Viral Hepatitis Prevention

Description: This 2-day conference, sponsored by the Broward County Health Department, Florida Public Health Association, Broward County Medical Association, Nova Southeastern University, and Florida Association of Public Health Nurses, will cover the following topics: Florida SHOTS Immunization Registry - Future Plans; Immunization across the Lifespan; Best Practices in Raising Immunization Levels and Talking to Parents and Guardians Who Reject Immunizations. The conference location will be at the Riverside Hotel, 620 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Contact: Ethel Edwards, RN, BSN, MPH, Assistant Community Health Nursing Director at 954-467-4700 or Ethel_Edwards@doh.state.fl.us or visit http://browardchd.org/

Georgia

Athens, GA

Date/Time: April 21 - 28

Activity: Newspaper Article

Description: Northeast Georgia Health District placed an article in each county's local paper telling what NIIW is and why vaccines are important. Additional online resources, as well as contact information for the health departments, encouraging parents to have their kids vaccinated, were included.

Contact: Lindsey Kidd, District Immunization Coordinator at 706-552-4529 or lakidd@dhr.state.ga.us or visit http://www.publichealthathens.com

Canton, GA

Date/Time: April 23 - 27

Activity: Parent/Caregiver Educational Material

Description: The Cherokee Country Health Department will provide packets about immunization, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs and Medicaid. These will be given to new parents and parents-to-be during NIIW. Vaccine importance will also be discussed during the day.

Contact: Pam Graham, LPN, at 770-345-7371 or plgraham@dhr.state.ga.us or visit http://www.dhr.state.ga.us

Jonesboro, GA

Date/Time: April 24, 25 and 26, 11 am - 1 pm

Activity: Child Care Staff Fast Track Clinic

Description: Tdap vaccine is being offered to the staff/caregivers working in child care facilities in Clayton County. The participants will be fast-tracked through a special clinic to accommodate them in a timely manner.

Contact: Freda Sheppard, Immunization Program Associate, at 678-610-7565 or flsheppard@dhr.state.ga.us or visit http://www.claytoncountypublichealth.org

Woodstock, GA

Date/Time: April 23 - 27

Activity: Parent/Caregiver Educational Material

Description: The Cherokee Country Health Department will provide packets about immunization, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs and Medicaid. These will be given to new parents and parents-to-be during NIIW. Vaccine importance will be also be discussed during the day.

Contact: Dee Osborne, LPN, at 770-928-0133 or cdosborne@dhr.state.ga.us or visit http://www.dhr.state.ga.us

Idaho

Boise, ID

Date/Time: April 23, 3 - 6 pm

Activity: Health Fair

Description: The Eastern Idaho Immunization Task Force, Idaho Immunization Coalition, and the Eastern Idaho Public Health District will conduct a free immunization clinic at the health department for children 0-18. All age-appropriate vaccines will be provided, free of cost and without an administration fee. Dr. Melinda Wharton, Deputy Director of the National Center of Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, will be present to provide media interviews.

Contact: Anna Talman, Public Health Prevention Service Fellow, at 208-334-5996 or talmana@dhw.idaho.gov or visit www.idahoimmune.com

Boise, ID

Date/Time: April 25, 8 - 9 am and 12 - 1 pm

Activity: Immunization Grand Rounds

Description: Dr. Melinda Wharton, Deputy Director of the National Center of Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, will present Grand Rounds at Saint Luke's and Saint Alphonsus Medical Centers in honor of National Infant Immunization Week. The topic will be "What Immunization Providers Need to Know about Vaccine Safety and Addressing Parental Concerns." The presentations will be video-broadcast across the state.

Contact: Anna Talman, Public Health Prevention Service Fellow, at 208-334-5996 or talmana@dhw.idaho.gov or visit www.idahoimmune.com

Boise, ID

Date/Time: April 25, 6 - 7:30 pm

Activity: NIIW Physician Reception

Description: An evening reception will be held to commemorate NIIW and to highlight the importance of immunizing very young children. Family practice physicians and pediatricians in the Treasure Valley area will be invited to participate in a networking event, with an informal presentation by Dr. Melinda Wharton, Deputy Director of National Center of Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Contact: Anna Talman, Public Health Prevention Service Fellow, at 208-334-5996 or talmana@dhw.idaho.gov or visit www.idahoimmune.com

Boise, ID

Date/Time: April 26, 7 - 8:30 am

Activity: Partners Breakfast

Description: A Partners Breakfast will be held to highlight Idaho's achievements in immunizing young children and to allow community leaders time to informally discuss comprehensive strategies to improve immunization services and awareness in Idaho. Special guests Dr. Melinda Wharton and Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson will both be in attendance to commemorate NIIW 2012.

Contact: Anna Talman, Public Health Prevention Service Fellow, at 208-334-5996 or talmana@dhw.idaho.gov or visit www.idahoimmune.com

Boise, ID

Date/Time: April 26, 6 - 8pam

Activity: Parent/Caregiver Education

Description: Licensed childcare providers are invited to a continuing education program on immunization essentials, including safety, efficacy, scheduling, and rules. A local-to-national perspective will be given, with representatives from the local health district, the state immunization program, the state coalition, and CDC present.

Contact: Anna Talman, Public Health Prevention Service Fellow, at 208-334-5996 or talmana@dhw.idaho.gov or visit www.idahoimmune.com

Boise, ID

Date/Time: April 24, 25 and 26, 8 am - 4:30 pm each day

Activity: Professional Training in Boise, Couer d'Alene, and Idaho Falls

Description: Shot Smarts is Idaho Immunization Program's annual educational conference on vaccines. Geared toward immunization providers, it addresses issues such as vaccines for children, immunization registry, exemptions, school and childcare rules, as well as providing a comprehensive overview of hot topics in immunization. Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson and Dr. Melinda Wharton are this year's keynote speakers. The conference is held in Idaho Falls (4/24), Boise (4/25) and Coeur d'Alene (4/27), and approximately 550 participants are expected.

Contact: Andrew Noble, Education Coordinator, at noblea@dhw.idaho.gov or visit http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/

Idaho Falls, ID

Date/Time: April 24, 12 - 1 pm

Activity: Immunization Grand Rounds

Description: Dr. Melinda Wharton, Deputy Director of the National Center of Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, will present a special Grand Rounds for health care professionals in Idaho Falls, on vaccine safety and communicating with parents about immunization concerns.

Contact: Anna Talman, Public Health Prevention Service Fellow, at 208-334-5996 or talmana@dhw.idaho.gov or visit www.idahoimmune.com

Kansas

Kansas City, KS

Date/Time: April 21, 9 am - 1 pm

Activity: Health Fair

Description: The Vacunas en Accion (Vaccines in Action) program, sponsored by the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) and other local partners, will recruit Latino families with children ages 4 to 83 months who are behind on their recommended immunizations. The goal of the program is to increase understanding about the safety and importance of vaccination at an early age.

Contact: Natalia Suarez, Research Associate, at 913-945-7065 or nsuarez@kumc.edu or visit http://www.kumc.edu

Louisiana

Metairie, LA

Date/Time: April 23

Activity: Direct Mail Campaign

Description: 1,900 day care centers and Head Start agencies in Louisiana will receive information on how to improve immunization rates in their centers/schools.

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

Maryland

Annapolis, MD

Date/Time: April 24

Activity: Romp and Stomp Health Fair

Description: The Anne Arundel County Department of Health Immunization Services hosted a health fair at a local military base’s drop-in, play time room for infants and toddlers. Educational materials about immunization schedules, coccooning with Tdap, and age group immunization information were provided, as well as medication teaspoons.

Contact: Suzanne Podrazik R.N., Program Supervisor, at 410-222-4800 or hdpodr00@aacounty.org or visit http://www.aahealth.org/programs/comm-diseases/immunizations/

Silver Spring, MD

Date/Time: April 23, 11 am - Noon

Activity: Tweet & Learn: Nursing Leadership in Immunizations

Description: The American Nurses Association (ANA) will host this educational social media event. By the end of the event, you will be able to describe 11 common question that parents have about vaccines and the appropriate answer, identify how vaccines are among the most successful public health measures, and be able to describe how a nurse can be a leader in immunizations. Free to ANA members and non-members. To access the live chat, go to http://tweetchat.com/room/anachat or use the hashtag #anachat on Twitter to participate. Nurses who successfully complete this CNE activity will be awarded 0.5 contact hours. ANCC Provider Number 0023; ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP6178.

Contact: Katie Brewer, MSN, RN, Senior Policy Analyst, Department of Nursing Practice and Policy at 301-628-5043 or katie.brewer@ana.org or visit http://www.anaimmunize.org

Timonium, MD

Date/Time: April 12 - 14

Activity: Childhood Immunization Education

Description: Baltimore County Health Department’s Immunization Action Plan (IAP) program will celebrate NIIW by having a booth at the annual “TotSwap” Childrens’ Consignment Sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD. Take home educational material about the importance and benefits of childhood immunization, prizes and other giveaways. Coupons for free Tdap vaccine will also be given out to event attendees.

Contact: Caroline Orwenyo, RN,MS,MPH, at 410-887-2705 or corwenyo@baltimorecountymd.gov or visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov

Minnesota

Grand Rapids, MN

Date/Time: April 28, 9 am - 1 pm

Activity: Children's Health Fair

Description: Itasca County Health Department will be "Celebrating Children and Families." There will be a large gathering of community resources for families and a free pancake breakfast. Booths for educational material as well as craft and physical activities for children. Find immunization information at the Public Health booth.

Contact: Sherry Watson, Public Health Nurse, at 218-327-5507 or sherry.watson@co.itasca.mn.us or visit http://www.co.itasca.mn.us

Minneapolis, MN

Date/Time: April

Activity: Minnesota Twins NIIW Promotion

Description: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and our partners are teaming up with the Minnesota Twins for NIIW. A message about infant immunization will appear on a section of the jumbotron during April home games. NIIW messaging will appear on other small monitors throughout the ballpark as well. At the April 25th game, MDH staff will hand out “homer hankies” with the tagline, “Protect your little sluggers. Get them vaccinated!”. An MDH-produced PSA, featuring a Twins player, will discuss infant immunization. The PSA will air during pregame in the ballpark on April 25, be posted on YouTube, shared on Facebook and Twitter, and sent to TV stations.

Contact: Andrea Ahneman, Communication Specialist, at 651-201-5195 or andrea.ahneman@state.mn.us or visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/niiw.html

Minneapolis, MN

Date/Time: April 21 - 28

Activity: Children's Health Fair

Description: The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Immunization Program will be reaching out to local and state media in a number of ways during NIIW. MDH and the Mayo Clinic will be teaming up to host an event in Rochester, Minnesota. The event will include a panel of speakers including parents who will tell their stories about immunization. MDH has also created culturally-specific media messages that will be used throughout the month. Finally, MDH has drafted a Govenor’s proclamation in partnership with the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Minnesota Medical Association.

Contact: Andrea Ahneman, Communication Specialist, at 651-201-5195 or andrea.ahneman@state.mn.us or visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/niiw.html

St. Paul, MN

Date/Time: April 21 - 28

Activity: NIIW Partner Toolkit

Description: A toolkit was developed and distributed to the immunization and/or public relations contact at all 87 local health departments and large health care systems in Minnesota. The toolkit included key messages and talking points regarding infant immunization, a copy of the proclamation by the governor, a listing of suggested activities local health departments could undertake, and a media release template that could be tailored to the specific activities of the local jurisdiction.

Contact: Andrea Ahneman, Communication Specialist, at 651-201-5195 or andrea.ahneman@state.mn.us or visit http://www.health.state.mn.us

St. Paul, MN

Date/Time: April 21 - 28

Activity: Partner Op Ed Pieces

Description: The Minnesota Department of Health has partnered with three professional organizations, the MN Chapter of the AAP, MN Academy of Family Physicians, and the MN Medical Association, to recruit clinicians to write immunization Op Ed pieces in local newspapers.

Contact: Andrea Ahneman, Communication Specialist, at 651-201-5195 or andrea.ahneman@state.mn.us or visit http://www.health.state.mn.us

St. Paul, MN

Date/Time: April 21 - 28

Activity: Partner Outreach

Description: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has developed 15 images that can be used as a single presentation or as separate images. This can be uploaded by provider clinics onto their waiting room screens to promote infant immunization. Storytelling and the power to protect are the themes of the image set.

Contact: Andrea Ahneman, Communication Specialist, at 651-201-5195 or andrea.ahneman@state.mn.us or visit http://www.health.state.mn.us

Montana

Bozeman, MT

Date/Time: April 24, Noon - 7 pm

Activity: Childhood Immunization Awareness Day

Description: A special visit from Monty the Bear and prizes for every child receiving a shot. Bozeman Deaconess Hospital will be on-hand in the Community Care Van to offer some adult preventive services including breast exams, mammography vouchers and blood draws.

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

Nevada

East Las Vegas, Nevada

Date/Time: April 28, 10 am - 4 pm

Activity: "It’s a Small World" Passport to Immunizations & Health Fair

Description: Love, protect, immunize your children for no cost. Enjoy free entertainment, learn about valuable community resources for families, and access other health services and screenings for your child. Visit website for more information.

Contact: Veronica Morata-Nichols, Immunization Program Manager, at 702-759-0892 or morata@snhdmail.org or visit www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org

Las Vegas, Nevada

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

Activity: Health Fair

Description: The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition (SNIHC), the Nevada State Immunization Program, and other partners will sponsor an immunization clinic. The clinic will take place at Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC Family Resource Center, 1120 Shadow Lane. Children 6 years old and younger will be able to receive no-cost immunizations and screenings for hearing, teeth and eyes. Several pediatricians will also be onsite answering health questions. Major sponsors for NIIW include Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition, Nevada State Immunization Program, CIGNA, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Amerigroup Community Care - Nevada, Neb partners, Children's Hospital of Nevada at UMC, and Health Plan of Nevada, a United Healthcare Company.

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

Reno, NV

Date/Time:April 28, 10 am – 1 pm

Activity: "Give Kids A Boost" Health Fair

Description: The Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition, together with other local organizations, will "boost" children's health, safety, development and literacy with an interactive and fun health fair. More than 35 community organizations will be offering free health and safety services, including immunizations. Bring the family and don't forget to bring your child's immunization card!

Contact: Heidi Hurst, Director, at 775-770-6713 heidi.hurst@dignityhealth.org or visit www.immunizenevada.org

New Hampshire

Concord, NH

Date/Time: April 21 - 28

Activity: Parent/Caregiver Education

Description: A press release will kick off NIIW. In addition, NH child care resources and referral agencies have been solicited to reach out to child care providers to heighten awareness among parents. NHIP has provided staff and parent educational resources, including immunization coloring activities/crayons for the children. NHIP has also alerted its healthcare providers and provided them with promotional, healthcare and parental materials. NHIP will also acknowledge the CDC Childhood Immunization Champion once it is formally announced in April.

Contact: Karen Blizzard-Royce, Educator and Outreach Coordinator, at 603-271-5041 or KBlizzardRoyce@dhhs.state.nh.us or visit http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/immunization/

New York

Long Island, NY

Date/Time: April 21 - 28

Activity: NIIW Promotion

Description: This year, the Board of Immunization (BOI) Health Education and Outreach will partner with various infant-focused organizations, as well as other agencies. Our goal is to conduct presentations, workshops and staff in-service trainings. Our office generated a "NIIW 2012 Ways to Celebrate" fact sheet, the NIIW 2012 E-Newsletter, and sent out email blasts to over 50 agency colleagues and service organizations, inviting them to spread the word.

Contact: Renee Rich, Public Health Educator, at 347-396-2525 or rsimms@health.nyc.gov or visit http://www.nyc.gov/health

Ohio

Akron, OH

Date/Time: April 23 - 30

Activity: Parent/Caregiver Education

Description: Summit County Public Health Department will provide vaccine promotional, educational material for children and adults. Parents will have the opportunity to complete a survey about vaccination behavior. Each survey participant will get a chance to win a Health Prevention basket at each site. Targeted sites are Women’s Infant’s and Children (WIC), Head Start and Lifelink sites in Summit County.

Contact: Wendy A. Brolly RN BSN, at 330-812-3914or wbrolly@schd.org or visit http://www.scphoh.org/main.html

Bellefontaine, OH

Date/Time: April 18, 8 am - 4 pm

Activity: Day Out for Mommy and Me

Description: Logan County Health District together with Logan County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will sponsor a special day of nutrition, exercise and immunization. Kids will make their own snack packs and play games. Moms who bring in immunization records will be eligible to win a basket full of goodies.

Contact: Cathy Summers, Health Education Coordinator, at 937-651-6186 or cathy.summers@odh.ohio.gov or visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov

Bellefontaine, OH

Date/Time: April 21, 9 - 11 am

Activity: 5K Walk and Health Fair

Description: The Logan County Health District will host a 5K WALK along with Heartland of Bellefontaine. "Walking for Health" will kick off Public Health and Immunization Week. Along with the walk course, a mini Health Fair will take place. Free blood pressure screenings, body mass index (BMI) and immunization information can be requested. A coupon for a free DTaP vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis) for children 24 months and younger will be handed out.

Contact: Cathy Summers, Health Education Coordinator, at 937-651-6186 or cathy.summers@odh.ohio.gov or visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov

Mansfield, OH

Date/Time: April 23, 4 - 7 pm

Activity: Make a date to be up to date! Immunization Clinic

Description: The Mansfield/Ontario/Richland County Health Department will display a poster board showing children, a calendar, and the immunization schedule in the waiting room. A public service announcement promoting the clinic and importance of immunizations will be on the local radio. Free coupons for McDonald's® ice cream will be given out along with calendars all week.

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

Napoleon, OH

Date/Time: April 21 - 28

Activity: NIIW Multilevel Immunization Campaign

Description: A comprehensive immunization campaign, featuring a variety of media channels, including: posters, store signage and marquees; flyers on pizza boxes and grocery bags; bookmarks for libraries, educational material and coloring pages for preschools, daycare centers and restaurants; print articles, press releases, radio interviews and spots, as well as costumed characters at immunization clinics.

Contact: Janet Meyer, BSN, RN, at 419-599-5545 or jmeyer@henrycohd.org or visit http://www.henrycohd.org

Urbana, OH

Date/Time: April 1 - 30

Activity: NIIW Awareness and Coloring Competition

Description: Urbana area preschools will receive copies of NIIW coloring books and crayons for children. There will also be supporting educational material for parents. Children who choose to participate will have a chance to win the grand prize. Every preschool-age child that comes in for shots or brings in their updated shot record during the month of April will get a second chance for the grand prize drawing, to be held April 30. Shots will be given at the immunization clinic at Champaign Health District.

Contact: Cindy McMaken, Nursing Supervisor, at 937-484-1514 or cynthia.mcmaken@odh.ohio.gov or visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov

Oklahoma

Norman, OK

Date/Time: April 26, 4 - 7 pm

Activity: Immunization Open House

Description: Participants will receive educational material about different aspects of immunizations, including adult vaccines, immunization registries, and Medicaid reimbursement. Awards will be given to local health care providers who have shown significant success in immunizing their clients. Refreshments will be available.

Contact: Megan Scott, Immunization Consultant, at 405-579-2252 or meganls@health.ok.gov or visit http://clevelandcounty.com/cchd/

Oklahoma City, OK

Date/Time: April 23 - 27, 8 am - 5 pm

Activity: Public Education

Description: The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic will share the content of one of their favorite web sites, CDC’s BAM/Immune Platoon, in the form of printed booklets placed in pediatric waiting rooms. In addition, Immunize.org’s materials will be placed in the clinic’s main lobby, as well as the pediatric lobby. We will choose the work of little artists who color the 2 NIIW coloring sheets to be displayed in our main lobby.

Contact: Sarah Brown, LPN, Immunization Technician, at 405-948-4900 or sarah.b@okcic.com or visit http://www.okcic.com

Tulsa, OK

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

Activity: Be Wise, Immunize Clinic

Description: Keep your child's immunizations up-to-date! Tdap boosters (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis or whooping cough) will be required for incoming Oklahoma 7th & 8th graders this fall. Tdap vaccine will be available at this event. Enjoy FREE admission to the museum & planetarium for the child receiving immunization(s) on event day, PLUS 2 accompanying family members! Parent or legal guardian must accompany child and bring immunization record.

Contact: Katherine A. Sebert, RN, BA, at 918-595-4514 or ksebert@tulsa-health.org or visit http://www.tulsaimmunize.org

Oregon

Portland, OR

Date/Time: May 2, Noon

Activity: OPIC Awards

Description: The Oregon Partnership to Immunize Children will honor individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed to increasing childhood and adolescent immunization awareness and/or the rate of immunizations in Oregon.

Contact: Karen R. Elliott, at 971-673-0285 or karen.r.elliott@state.or.us or visit http://www.healthoregon.org/imm

Pennsylvania

Doylestown, PA

Date/Time: April 21, 10 am -1 pm

Activity: Childhood Catch-Up Immunizations

Description: The Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps will be providing immunizations for children grades K-12. These will include meningococcal, Tdap, MMR, and varicella vaccines.

Contact: Suzanne Hecker, Public Health & Bioterrorism Coordinator, at 215-345-3321 or schecker@co.bucks.pa.us or visit http://www.buckscounty.org

Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, PA

Date/Time: April 1 - 30

Activity: Mass Transit Campaign

Description: The Northeast Immunization Coalition will be promoting the importance of infant immunization throughout the month of April. Their NIIW message will appear on mass transit buses in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.

Contact: Terry Metcalf, RN, at 570-826-2062 or rmetcalf@pa.gov or visit http://www.pa.gov

Levittown, PA

Date/Time: April 28, 10 am - 1 pm

Activity: Childhood Catch-Up Immunizations

Description: The Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps will be providing immunizations for children grades K-12. These will include meningococcal, Tdap, MMR, and varicella vaccines.

Contact: Suzanne Hecker, Public Health & Bioterrorism Coordinator, at 215-345-3321 or schecker@co.bucks.pa.us or visit http://www.buckscounty.org

Tamaqua, PA

Date/Time: April 23, 24, and 26

Activity: Childhood Immunization Clinics

Description: St. Luke’s Miners Memorial Hospital will host St. Luke's Reaching Out For Healthy Children, a 3-day clinic providing childhood vaccinations and education material about immunization.

Contact: LoriAnn Suzadail, RMA, at 570-668-6111 or suzadal@slhn.org or visit http://www.slhn.org

Puerto Rico

San Juan, PR

Date/Time: April 15

Activity: Day of the Child (Día del Niño)

Description: Day of the Child, sponsored by San Jorge Children’s Hospital, featured a variety of activities, a health clinic and flu shots for the whole family.

Contact: Elsie Cancel, Epidemiology Nurse, at 787-727-1000 or Elsie.cancel@sanjorgechildrenshospital.com or visit http://www.sanjorgechildrenshospital.com

Rhode Island

Providence, RI

Date/Time: April 21-28

Activity: Educational Placemats

Description: Placemats with information for new parents will be distributed to all 7 birthing hospitals in Rhode Island. Information will vary, with details about the birth dose of Hepatitis B, the infant immunization schedule, and the importance of Tdap vaccine for anyone who will come in contact with newborns.

Contact: Heidi Wallace, Quality Assurance Specialist, at 401-222-4631 or heidi.wallace@health.ri.gov or visit http://www.health.ri.gov/

Providence, RI

Date/Time: April 21-28

Activity: Vaccine Preventable Disease Booklet for Providers

Description: Binders with pictures and descriptions of vaccine preventable disease, tips on how to talk to parents who are reluctant to vaccinate their children, and other important information will be delivered to all pediatric provider offices. In addition, these binders will help educate office staff about vaccine preventable diseases.

Contact: Heidi Wallace, Quality Assurance Specialist, at 401-222-4631 or heidi.wallace@health.ri.gov or visit http://www.health.ri.gov/

Providence, RI

Date/Time: April 25, 26, and 27, 10 am - 12 pm

Activity: Childcare Center Initiative

Description: The Rhode Island Department of Health has partnered with a local charter high school for students who would like to go into the nursing field. The students from Rhode Island Nursing Institute Middle College Charter School will visit three local childcare centers to read to the children and talk with them about hand washing and getting their "shot" to stay healthy. The students will complete the visit by helping the children with a specially designed craft project that will enhance the lesson.

Contact: Heidi Wallace, Quality Assurance Specialist, at 401-222-4631 or heidi.wallace@health.ri.gov or visit http://www.health.ri.gov/

Texas

Belton, TX

Date/Time: April 24 and 25, 7 am - 3 pm

Activity: Immunization Clinic

Description: Bell County Public Health District, in collaboration with Texas Vaccines For Children, will host our annual 8th NIIW Celebration at the Killeen Clinic on April 24th, and Temple Clinic on April 25th, 2012. Come and see your favorite cowgirl or cowboy! Refreshments, activities for children, information on immunizations, car safety, nutrition and women's health programs will be available to participants. Children's immunizations will be administered.

Contact: Nina Cobb, Outreach Education Coordinator, at 254-939-2091 or ncobb@bellcountyhealth.org or visit http://www.bellcountyhealth.org

Corpus Christi, TX

Date/Time: April 26 and 27

Activity: Immunization Education Outreach

Description: State health department staff will travel rural Woodsboro, Tivoli, Refugio, and surrounding areas. They will provide educational material including immunization schedules and material about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them.

Contact: Maria Cruz, Public Health and Prevention Specialist, at 361-888-7837 or maria.cruz@dshs.state.tx.us or visit http://www.immunizetexas.com

Edinburg, TX

Date/Time: April 26, 7:30 am - 4 pm

Activity: Texas Vaccines For Children (TVFC) Conference in celebration of NIIW/VWA

Description: The Hidalgo County Health & Human Services Department will host an all day TVFC conference. All Hidalgo County TVFC providers, hospital staff, Head Start staff, WIC staff and school nurses are invited to attend. Location: 1304 S 25th Avenue, Edinburg, TX 78542

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

Edinburg, TX

Date/Time: April 28, 9 am - 2 pm

Activity: Hildalgo Kids Carnival

Description: The Hidalgo County Health & Human Services Department will host a carnival that will include an immunization clinic for infants/children and educational services provided by various vendors, as well as games and moon/space jumps for children. The Health Department Director and County Commissioner will speak about the importance of immunizing children in a timely manner. Location: 1304 S 25th Avenue, Edinburg, TX 78542

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

New Braunfels, TX

Date/Time: April 27, 11 am - 1:30 pm

Activity: Immunization Awareness Health Fair

Description: The Comal County Health Department is hosting a Health Fair at the Westside Community Center. Attendees will learn about the benefits and importance of immunizations and wellness for children. There will be games, crafts, face painting, and the local Fire Department is bringing their fire truck. Local organizations who offer services for children and their families will be available to inform the community of their programs. All children who attend will receive a goodie bag filled with vouchers from local businesses.

Contact: Maggie Moreno or Jenna Robinson, Outreach Specialists, at 830-221-1150. Email morenm@co.comal.tx.us or robinj@co.comal.tx.us or visit http://www.co.comal.tx.us/HEALTH.htm

San Antonio, TX

Date/Time: April 23, 10 am

Activity: Press Conference

Description: San Antonio Metro health will be celebrated during a press conference for its immunization successes including the providers who work diligently to keep our community's children up-to-date with vaccinations.

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

Vermont

Burlington, VT

Date/Time: April 21 - 28

Activity: Educational Video

Description: The Vermont Department of Health will be posting vaccine-related video clips to our Healthy Vermont Families Facebook page each day this week. We are also targeting the children's librarians throughout the state with educational materials, posters and a list of suggested books to read during their scheduled story times.

Contact: Shari Levine, Public Health Education, at 802-951-0132 or shari.levine@state.vt.us or visit http://healthvermont.org

Virginia

Amherst, VA

Date/Time: April 28, 3 - 5 pm

Activity: Day of the Child @ Coolwell Park

Description: The Amherst County Health Department will be providing educational material and a discussion regarding infant, child, adolescent, and adult immunizations by public health nurses. The discussion will focus on the infant immunization schedule and the importance of getting infants immunized on time. Pertussis (whooping cough) is on a rise and we are reaching out to parents, grandparents, and caregivers to get vaccinated. Free Tdap vaccine to eligible individuals will be available.

Contact: Michelle Phelps, RN, or Lisa Barber, RN, public health nurses, at 434-946-9408 or michelle.phelps@vdh.virginia.gov or lisa.barber@vdh.virginia.gov or visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/LHD/CentralVirginia/Amherst/

Appomattox, VA

Date/Time: April 28, 10 am – Noon

Activity: Week of the Young Child

Description: The Appomattox Health Department will partner with the Appomattox Literacy Committee to make parents aware of infant immunizations. The health department will have a display on vaccines and have literature for parents and goodies for the children.

Contact: Diann Pickett, RN, at 434-352-2313 or Diann.Pickett@vdh.virginia.gov or visit http://www.vdh.state.va.us/LHD/CentralVirginia/Appomattox/

Bedford, VA

Date/Time: April 23, 9:30 am – 1 pm

Activity: Childhood Immunization Education Clinic

Description: The Early Childhood Taskforce of the Bedford Health Department will team up with the Bedford Public Library System to host a childhood Immunization education clinic for library patrons. Disease prevention measures will also be discussed and demonstrated. The clinic will take place at the Bedford Public Library.

Contact: Barb Heinrich, RN or Cindy Dolan, RN at 540-586-7952 or cindy.dolan@vdh.virginia.gov or visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/LHD/CentralVirginia/Bedford/

Fairfax, VA

Date/Time: April 25, 11 am

Activity: Puppet Presentation

Description: Fairfax County Health Department will present a “Bee Healthy, Bee Wise: Immunize” puppet show to highlight the importance of childhood immunizations. Please direct any requests for educational material or a review of your child’s immunization record to health department personnel. The puppet show will be held at the Burke Centre Library on Fred Oaks Road.

Contact: Christine Carlock, RN, Immunization Action Plan Coordinator, at 703-246-8648 or Christine.Carlock@fairfaxcounty.gov or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov

Hopewell, VA

Date/Time: April 27

Activity: Parent/Caregiver Education

Description: The Hopewell Health Department will provide informational packets about immunization, nutrition, and Women’s, Infant’s and Children’s programs. We will also provide healthy snacks and activities for children throughout the day.

Contact: Carol Hundley RN, Public Health Nurse, at 804-458-1297 or carol.hundley@vdh.virginia.gov or visit http://www.vdh.state.va.us/LHD/crater/Hopewell.htm

Newport News, VA

Date/Time: April 24, 8 am - Noon

Activity: Parent/Caregiver Education & Immunization Clinic

Description: At the Debigh Women, Infants and Children program office, 606 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite 304, Newport News, the Peninsula Health District will provide free vaccinations to infants and children. An on-going video presentation will inform parents and caregivers about the importance and benefits of immunization. In addition to immunization material and stickers, adults will also have the chance to receive a Tdap vaccine.

Contact: Simonsea Fowler, Immunizations Action Project Coordinator at 757-594-7399 or simonsea.fowler@vdh.virginia.gov

Rustburg, VA

Date/Time: April 25, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Activity: Parent/Caregiver Education

Description: Campbell County Health Department will provide vaccinations to infants, children, and adolescents while educating parents and caregivers about the importance and benefits of immunization. In addition, we will provide certificates to all of those receiving vaccines and give away books and prizes.

Contact: Sasha Garrett, RN, PHP, at 434-332-9550 or sasha.garrett@vdh.virginia.gov or visit http://www.co.campbell.va.us

Woodbridge, VA

Date/Time: April 21, 6:30 pm

Activity: Public Education Campaign with Potomac Nationals

Description: Fairfax County Health Department will team up with minor league baseball club the Potomac Nationals to host a public health immunization campaign. Educational posters throughout the baseball stadium will remind parents of the importance and benefits of childhood immunization. Don’t miss this event at 7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge.

Contact: Christine Carlock, RN, at 703-246-8648 or Christine.Carlock@fairfaxcounty.gov or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov

Washington

Shoreline, WA

Date/Time: April 26, 3 pm – 5 pm

Activity: NIIW Awards Reception with speaker Dr. Ari Brown

Description: The Washington State Department of Health, Office of Immunization and Child Profile, will host the National Infant Immunization Week Awards Reception, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ari Brown. The reception will take place in the Shoreline Room of the Shoreline Conference Center. Recipients of the CDC Childhood Immunization Champion, IACW Advocate, and IACW Collaborator awards will be recognized, and light refreshments will be served. Register today at www.immunizewa.org/awards_reg

Contact: Sara Jaye Sanford, Program Coordinator at sarajayes@withinreachwa.org or visit http://www.immunizewa.org

Vancouver, WA

Date/Time: April 21-28

Activity: Shot@Life Social Media Promotion

Description: PKIDs will be raising awareness about the importance and benefits of global childhood immunizations during NIIW through social media.

Contact: Trish Parnell, Director, at 360-695-0293 or pkids@PKIDs.org or visit http://www.PKIDs.org

Wisconsin

Antigo, WI

Date/Time: April 24

Activity: Bandage/Tissue Collection Contest

Description: Elementary students in kindergarten through 5th grade participated in collecting boxes of bandages and tissues. The school that collected the most boxes will win an ice cream party, complements of Culvers. An article about the contest with a photograph of all the boxes of bandages and tissues, as well as students and coalition members, will be placed in the local paper.

Contact: Sheila Rine, Public Health Technician at 715-627-6250 or srine@co.langlade.wi.us or visit http://www.izcoalitions.org/search/OrgShow.asp?OID=OID264

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