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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.

This annual observance highlights the efforts of pediatricians to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination. For more information click here.

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, CDC and our public health partners work to shed light on the impact of these hidden epidemics by raising awareness of viral hepatitis while encouraging testing and vaccination. Hepatitis Awareness Month activities help to improve everyone’s understanding of viral hepatitis transmission and risk factors and to decrease social stigma against viral hepatitis. For more information visit the GA Chapter AAP website here

August 2022


August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) 2022









May 2022


Hepatitis Awareness Month















​​April 2022


National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 24-30, 2022


National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 24-30, 2022: The Georgia Chapter and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) urges all Georgians to protect infants from vaccine-preventable diseases by ensuring our little ones and everyone around them, are vaccinated and up to date on their immunization schedules. 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 following disruptions from 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.

On-time vaccination is critical to provide protection against potentially life-threatening diseases.


For more information please visit the GA Chapter Immunization page here

March 2022


Georgia Pre-Teen Vaccine Awareness Week (March 14-18, 2022)


The Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week is an annual observance aimed to help raise awareness and encourage preteens to make smart, healthy choices including defending themselves against vaccine-preventable diseases.  Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness through schools, health care providers and the media regarding preteen immunizations, particularly Georgia’s pertussis and meningococcal requirements for incoming seventh-grade students. Speak with your pediatrician today to find out if your preteen is up-to-date. Read more here​.



December 2021

National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 5-11

As influenza season begins its peak this month, make sure your patients are visiting you for their yearly influenza vaccination rather than a sick child visit. National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), Dec. 5-11, focuses on the importance of continuing to administer the influenza vaccine to patients, especially through the holiday season.

The policy Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2021-2022, from the Committee on Infectious Diseases, is available, and the technical report. They also will be published in the October issue of Pediatrics.

Influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older with  any licensed product appropriate for age and health status, according to the policy. Both inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) are options.



August 2021

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Use these resources to assist you in communicating to healthcare professionals, parents, and patients about immunization during August and throughout the year.

Resources for Encouraging Routine Childhood Vaccinations

The #HowIRecommend Video Series

Toolkit for Reaching Healthcare ProfessionalsToolkit for Reaching Parents and Patients


April 2021


National Infant Immunization Week
April 24-May 1, 2021


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.

AAP
The AAP is excited to announce the launch a new PSA as part of our Call Your Pediatrician campaign, which urges parents to get caught up on all their child’s immunizations as soon as possible. This new video features a parent taking their child to the pediatrician to be vaccinated, and then turning into an animated superhero. This is a superhero moment!

The new PSAs are available in English and Spanish. In addition to our digital/social media outreach, we are distributing these nationally to TV outlets, along with radio PSAs in English and Spanish.  Please consider sharing this empowering message with parents or partners in your network. These videos and all the other materials from our Call Your Pediatrician campaign are available in this toolkit, where members can also download graphics for social media, videos, and sample social media posts. Our hashtag is #CallYourPediatrician.


CDC
The CDC offers many helpful resources to help you promote vaccination during this week.


For more information please visit: https://www.gaaap.org/immunizations/