NIIW (National Infant Immunization Week)
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is a yearly observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). This year, in particular, it’s critical to ensure that families stay on track for children’s routine checkups and recommended vaccinations — even during COVID-19.
A CDC report released in May 2020 found a troubling drop in routine childhood vaccination as a result of families staying at home. CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that children stay on track with their well-child appointments and routine vaccinations even during the pandemic. As in-person learning and play become more common, on-time vaccination is even more urgent to help provide immunity against 14 serious diseases.
NIIW 2021 is April 24 – May 1, 2021.
All staff in healthcare practices, including non-clinical staff, play important roles during NIIW. To highlight childhood immunizations this NIIW:
- Build a culture of immunization in your organization: 10 Ways to Create a Culture of Immunization Within Our Pediatric Practice
- Learn simple tips for talking with parents about childhood vaccines
- Use #ivax2protect on your social media posts to share why you support infant immunizations