April 26, 2021
April 24th through May 1st 2021
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 24 – May 1, 2021. Each year, NIIW celebrates the critical role vaccination plays in protecting the health of our children and families — and this year we’re reminding parents of the importance of staying up to date with routinely recommended vaccines, even during COVID-19.
As a parent, you want to protect your little one from harm. Vaccinating your child according to the recommended immunization schedule gives him or her the best protection against 14 serious childhood illnesses — like measles and whooping cough — before the age of 2.
As warmer weather brings more opportunities for in-person, physically distanced activities NEW Health encourages you to make sure your child is up to date on vaccines by ensuring that they haven’t missed any check-ups. Well-child visits are essential even during the pandemic.
You can also review the 2021 easy-to-read immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you’re pregnant, now is a great time to find a doctor for your baby and schedule a visit to discuss any questions you have about vaccines.
For more information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit these resources:
- The Ultimate Babyproofing Plan: 6 Reasons to Follow CDC’s Immunization Schedule
- CDC’s vaccine website for parents and Infant Immunization FAQs
- CDC’s series of three 1-minute videos
- The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, which provides free vaccines to children who qualify
- The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Children websiteexternal icon
- Vaccinate Your Familyexternal icon
- The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Centerexternal icon
If you have questions about vaccines, talk to your child’s doctor.
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