National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger. In 2019, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of NIIW. Since 1994, local and state health departments, national immunization partners, healthcare professionals, community leaders from across the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together through NIIW to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children, and to call attention to immunization achievements.
NIIW, set for April 27-May 4, 2019, will be celebrated as part of World Immunization Week (WIW), an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO). During WIW, all six WHO regions, including more than 180 Member States, territories, and areas, will simultaneously promote immunization, advance equity in the use of vaccines and universal access to vaccination services, and enable cooperation on cross-border immunization activities.
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Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week
March 11-15, 2019
The purpose of Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week is to help raise awareness and encourage preteens to make smart, healthy choices including defending themselves against vaccine-preventable diseases. Georgia’s preteens include more than 351,500 boys and girls between 10 and 14 years of age.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC currently recommends that 11 to 12-year-olds receive:
• Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
• Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
• Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY)
• Influenza (flu)
Some preteens may also need to catch up on other immunizations for the following vaccine preventable diseases including chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and hepatitis B.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month is an annual observance in January that can be used to highlight the need to improve HPV vaccination coverage. CDC has suggested sharing the following resources, accessible on their website, for raising awareness of cervical cancer:
Place the new Cervical Cancer Awareness Month feature article, Protect Your Daughter from Cervical Cancer, on your website or in your next newsletter
Link to the HPV vaccination videos or public service announcements on your website, e-newsletter or in an email to your members
Share powerful stories from cervical cancer survivors
Provide physicians and clinicians the link to CDC’s new HPV portal, which features materials to help raise awareness
January 19, 2019 Cervical Cancer Awareness Day at the Georgia Capitol
Learn more about the two screening tests that can help prevent cervical canceror find it early
Syndicate the most up-to-date HPV vaccine information from the www.cdc.gov/HPV
Access additional resources on the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable website.
National Cervical Cancer Coalition's Cervical Health Awareness Month web page
IAC's HPV handouts and educational materials for patients, parents, and healthcare professionals
IAC's Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Diseases and Vaccines web page
CDC's Human Papillomavirus (HPV) web section
Vaccine Education Center's Questions and Answers About HPV and the Vaccine here.
The second annual Cervical Cancer Awareness Day was held at the Georgia Capitol on January 16, 2019.
The HPV Champion Awards were
presented to the American Cancer Society, Inc., Southeast Region; Robert A. Bednarczyk, PhD; Georgia Clinic-West End; Sumter Pediatrics Montezuma and Clifton Springs Health Center.
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