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MARCH 2019

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.


Don’t Let Flu Give You the Holiday Blues!

This year, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) takes place December 2-8, 2018. CDC established NIVW in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.     

Influenza (Flu) is more than a cold, or even a “bad cold,” and can result in serious health complications like pneumonia, bacterial infections, and hospitalization. Flu can sometimes lead to death. In fact, during the 2017-2018 flu season, CDC estimates flu caused:

49 million flu illnesses – more than the combined populations of Texas and Florida
960,000 flu hospitalizations – more than the number of staffed hospital beds in the United States
79,000 deaths – more than the average number of people who attend the Super Bowl each year

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National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Communities across the country use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan.

NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). NPHIC, in collaboration with CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, developed communication toolkits to help you educate people of all ages about vaccines recommended for them.  For more information on the observance and to download the communication toolkits, visit NPHIC’s NIAM website.

MARCH 2018

NIIW (National Infant Immunization Week)

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. 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.

2018 NIIW, set for April 21-28, 2018, 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.


Pediatric Infectious Disease & Immunization Conference
March 24, 2018
Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel

3405 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30326


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

Cervical Cancer Awareness Day at the Georgia Capitol
Representatives Pat Gardner-District 57 and Teri Anulweicsz-District 42 will join 25 cancer advocacy organizations, including Triana R. Arnold James-The Reigning Mrs. Georgia and the Georgia Cancer Control Consortium’s HPV Prevention and Education Work Group, on Monday, January 29th,  10 AM at the Georgia Capitol, to proclaim January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Georgia. The organizations will come together to celebrate cervical cancer awareness efforts made during the month of January. Three organizations will be recognized for their dedication to increasing Georgia’s HPV vaccination rates—Sylvester Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine PC, Thomas County Health Department and WellStar Kennestone Pediatric Associates.

For more information, contact Tamira Moon at or 404-657-6315.

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 

Access additional resources on the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable website.

Related Links

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.

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