NIIW 2018 Activities around the World

State and Territorial Activities

Los Angeles, CA

Date/Time: 04/23-27/18
Activity: Ask the Experts
Description: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center will set up tables in waiting rooms with posters, balloons and handouts. Information will be geared toward providing parents who have vaccine questions with information to address their concerns. Organizers will encourage parents to “Ask the Experts” and open up the dialog between caregiver and provider.
Contact: Janine R. Wade Barrueta, Immunization Coordinator, (323)783-1750,

Danbury, CT

Date/Time: 04/21 and 27/18
Activity: A Shower of Protection for your Baby’s Health
Description:  To celebrate how vaccines can provide powerful protection to infants, the Greater Danbury Immunization Program will visit Danbury Hospital’s Family Birth Center to offer educational information to new parents and their families. An informative display and table of handouts will be set up in the center’s waiting area. Each new mom will receive a gift bag filled with DPH brochures on childhood Immunizations & the CT Immunization Registry, CDC Immunization schedules, vaccine safety resources & record booklets and gift for the new baby.
Contact: Kathleen Rocco, Immunization Outreach Coordinator, CT DPH-Danbury Immunization Action Plan, (203)730-5238

Naugatuck Valley, CT

Date/Time: 4/28/18, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Activity: 2018 Griffin Hospital Baby Fair
Description: The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital is inviting new and expectant parents to its Annual Baby Fair. The free event will feature over 30 exhibitors, door prizes, and tours of the Childbirth Center throughout the day.

New Britain, CT

Date/Time: 04/25 and 27/18
Activity: NIIW information table
Description: City of New Britain Health Department will host an informational table at the local New Britain Women, Infants, and Children Office (WIC). Information available will include immunizations for infants, immunization for pregnant mothers, and The Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS). Information will be provided for all families who are currently enrolled in WIC.
Contact: Alessia Companaro, Immunization Coordinator, City of New Britain Health Department,

Norwalk, CT

Date/Time: 04/26/18, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Activity: “Shots for Tots” Talk for Parents
Description: Norwalk Health Department staff will give a presentation to families enrolled in the Parents as Teacher’s Program (PAT).  PAT is a support program for young families offered by Family and Children’s Agency (FCA) of Norwalk.  The attendees will learn about the vaccinations needed for young children, the immunization schedule, the CT Immunization Registry & Tracking System (CIRTS), and receive tips on how to keep their children up-to-date. The event is free for FCA clients.
Contact: Pam Bates, RN, BSN, Immunization Action Plan Coordinator, (203)854-7728,

Norwalk, CT
Date/Time: 04/23 and 27/18, 10am – 3:00pm
Activity: CIRTS and Immunization Record Check
Description: Attendees can stop by the lobby outside of the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) office at the Norwalk Health Department to receive information throughout the day regarding the CT Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS), childhood vaccines, vaccine safety and the whooping cough vaccine.  Immunization records will be checked for children in CIRTS.  Enrollment will be offered for those not previously entered. Free event and giveaways!
Contact: Pam Bates, RN, BSN, Immunization Action Plan Coordinator, (203)854-7728,

Wesley Chapel, FL

Date/Time: 04/25/18
Activity: Pasco County Resource Fair coordinated by Florida Department of Health in Pasco
Description: Participants will be given the opportunity to meet with local service providers and provided with resources that could be used in the community to help support the families of Pasco County. The interactive event is designed to open the lines of communication between first responders and community service providers.
Contact: Denise Fackender, Health Administrative Assistant/Immunization Program Coordinator, (813)364-5812,

Date/Time: 04/23-27/18, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Activity: Public Education Campaign
Description: Neighborhood Health Services Corporation will connect with daycare centers and schools to educate parents on the importance of immunization vaccinations. Parents can call or stop by to check if their child’s immunizations are up to date.
Contact: Elsie Clodomir-Dennis, Director of Patient Financial Services, (908)546-1042,

Long Island City, NY
Date/Time: 4/21/18 – 5/4/18
Activity: Parent/Caregiver Education
Description: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will create a social media campaign for NIIW using Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to inform pregnant women and parents of infants about what vaccines their babies need.
Contact: Elliane Yashar, Public Health Advisor, (347) 396-2529,

Lowville, NY
Date/Time: 04/25/18, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Activity: NIIW Story Hour
Description: Story hour with local libraries will include hands-on activities, educational vaccination information and free giveaways.
Contact: Ellen Scanlon, Lewis County Public Health, (315)376-5453,

Gardnerville, NV

Date/Time: 04/23/18, 10:00am – 2:00 pm
Activity: Gardnerville Community Baby Shower (Health Fair)
Description: The inaugural Gardnerville Community Baby Shower is a local health fair intended to raise immunization awareness and highlight other infant health and safety resources. Organizations from the Gardnerville community will offer up their services and information to attendees. Additionally, immunizations will be administered onsite for infants and their families to ensure infants are thoroughly protected at home.
Contact: Lily Davalos, Outreach Manager, Immunize Nevada, (775)624-7112,

Las Vegas, NV

Date/Time: 04/27/18, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Activity: Las Vegas Baby Bash (Health Fair)
Description: The Las Vegas Baby Bash is a local health fair intended to raise immunization awareness and highlight other infant health and safety resources. Organizations from the Las Vegas community will offer their services and information to attendees. Additionally, infant immunizations will be administered onsite for eligible infants.
Contact: Lily Davalos, Outreach Manager, Immunize Nevada, (775)624-7112,

Pahrump, NV

Date/Time: 04/21/18, 10:00am – 2pm
Activity: Pahrump Community Baby Shower (Health Fair)
Description: The inaugural Pahrump Community Baby Shower health fair will raise immunization awareness and highlight other infant health and safety resources. Organizations from the Pahrump community will offer up their services and information to attendees. Additionally, infant immunizations will be administered onsite for children up to 4 years old.
Contact: Lily Davalos, Outreach Manager, Immunize Nevada, (775)624-7112,

Birdsboro, PA

Date/Time: 04/21/18, 1:30 pm
Activity: Vaccination and Global Health: State of the Science
Description: Berks Immunization Coalition will host a talk and Q&A with college alumni during Science Lecture, Alumni Weekend.
Contact: Tracy Scheirer, Chairperson, PhD (c), MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE, (610)781-5698,

Philadelphia, PA

Date/Time: 04/28/18, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Activity: First Annual North Philadelphia Health Fair
Description: A day of family-friendly fun and health education that will include:

  • Health screenings (blood pressure, blood sugar tests and more)
  • Opportunities to talk with healthcare professionals
  • Healthy food and beverages
  • Family friendly entertainment and activities (DJ, bounce castle and fitness activities)
  • Nutrition/cooking workshops
  • Giveaways
  • Appearances by Philadelphia’s favorite sports mascots

Contact:  Blair Hamilton, Health and Wellness Associate, The Urban League of Philadelphia, (215)985-3220,

Greenville, SC

Date/Time: 04/21-28/18
Activity: Photo Contest
Description: Parents can submit photos of their vaccinated babies for NIIW using #vaxvaxbaby and by tagging SC Parents for Vaccines organization. Viewers will vote on submissions and a winner will be selected April 28. Prize for the winner will be a “Vaccines Save, Bro” T-shirt for baby.
Contact: Kim Nelson, Founder, SC Parents for Vaccines, (803)834-0753,

Greenville, SC

Date/Time: 04/26/18, 2:00pm
Activity: Facebook Live Q&A
Description: An interactive video where viewers can type their vaccine questions as comments on a Facebook Live video. The participating clinician will answer questions on air.
Contact: Kim Nelson, Founder, SC Parents for Vaccines, (803)834-0753,

Bryan, TX

Date/Time: 04/26/18
Activity: Teen Vaccine Marathon
Description: Make sure your teen makes it to the finish line for all their vaccines! The Brazos County Health Department will go the extra mile and host a special vaccination clinic. Vaccines available will include Td, Tdap, Hepatitis B, MMR, Pneumonia, HPV, Hepatitis A, Shingles, Varicella, and PCV-13.
Contact: Mary Parrish, Health Educator, (979)3611-5731,

Humble, TX

Date/Time: 04/23-27/18
Activity: Parent Appreciation Poster Display Board
Description: Poster display to salute parents and pediatric patients who use the Squatty Lyons Health Center for their immunization services. Coloring books/activity sheets will be given to pedi patients receiving shots.
Contact: Karen Smiley, RN, Charge Nurse, (281) 913-1611,

Laredo, TX

Date/Time: 04/26/2018
Activity: 2018 Immunization Conference
Description: Professional training for health care providers by City of Laredo Health Department.
Contact: Blanca E. Gonzalez, Immunization Program Manager (956)795-4947,

Tyler, TX

Date/Time: 04/23-27/18, 1:00pm – 4:00pm Monday-Friday; Wednesday, 8:00am – 11:00am and 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Activity: National Infant Immunization observance
Description: The immunization department will partner with the WIC department to offer immunizations to the children of WIC participants during NIIW. Education, literature and vaccinations will be provided while participants are there for WIC appointments.
Contact: Sylvia Warren, RN, Immunization/TB Director, NET Immunization Coalition/Northeast Texas Public Health District, (903)510-5604,

Fairfax, VA

Activity: Recognition Award to Springfield Academy
Description: The Springfield Academy supports immunizations for children and staff, and values the importance of immunization. The Main Street Child Development Center in Fairfax, VA will host the “Be Wise, Immunize” puppet presentation. KinderCare Learning Center of Main Street Fairfax will participate by having children color immunization pictures and decorate the center’s doors with artwork.
Contact: Christine Carlock, RN, Immunization Action Plan Coordinator, Fairfax County Health Department, (703)246-8648,

National Activities

Date/Time: 04/14/18
Activity: Blog post: National Infant Immunization Week is Only a Week Away
Description: Child Care Aware of America will post and share a blog of CDC resources via social media and on their website.
Contact: Adina Young, Communications Manager,

Date/Time: 04/25/18 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Activity: Public education campaign for health care providers
Description: NACCHO will observe NIIW to promote the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. NACCHO will host a webinar featuring Every Child By Two’s 2018 State of the ImmUnion. This special report examines how strong the nation’s defenses are against vaccine-preventable diseases and what can be done to make our ImmUnion stronger and more resilient in the face of emerging health threats. Speaker Erica DeWald will discuss the recently released State of the ImmUnion report, and highlight:

  • The successes of vaccines;
  • The economic and societal savings incurred from vaccines;
  • Vaccine-preventable disease challenges facing the public health system; and
  • Key areas of focus to achieve optimal protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Contact: Kimberly N. Scott, Senior Program Analyst, (202)760-7842,

Date/Time: 04/22-28/18
Activity: Social Outreach and Promotion
Description: Verywell will promote CDC infographics and articles educating parents about the importance of infant immunization, as well as creating some of their own social graphics asking parents why immunization is important to them, and what some of their biggest questions are about infant immunization.
Contact: Associate Social Media Editor,

Date/Time: 04/21-28/18
Activity: Radio Program
Description: Voices for Vaccines will host an episode of their monthly podcast, Vax Talk, featuring ECBT’s Amy Pisani. This episode will discuss the history of vaccine advocacy and NIIW, and where we are headed in the future.
Contact: Karen Ernst, Executive Director,

Page last reviewed: June 20, 2018