Celebrate and Take Action – National Infant Immunization Week
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), which this year falls from April 22-29, is the annual observance that highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrates the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting health communities.
Vaccines are one of the most successful initiatives in the history of public health.
“It’s not just the children who receive vaccine that are protected,” Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “We all benefit when everyone works together to protect the community.”
Here are three actions for parents to ensure their children are immunized:
· Get an immunization card and bring it to every doctor’s visit.
· Ask the doctor at every visit if your child needs an immunization.
· Talk to your child’s doctor, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Measles was considered eliminated in the United States, but began to make a comeback in 1994 when unvaccinated individuals contracted the disease in another country. That problem continues and Nebraska has seen two measles cases this year.
Pertusis or whooping cough can be controlled by vaccination, but there occasionally are outbreaks due to people not keeping their vaccinations current.
The mumps was largely a thing of the past, but Texas now is experiencing a surge in mumps cases. This, too, could be avoided with current vaccinations.
Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the United States have joined in celebrating the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health. That work continues this week. Please join us in celebrating National Infant Immunization Week.