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National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is an annual observance December 5-9, 2022 to remind everyone 6 months and older that there’s still time to get vaccinated against flu. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications, including young children. Millions of children get sick with flu every year, and thousands will be hospitalized as a result.
Since flu viruses are constantly changing and protection from vaccination decreases over time, getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to prevent flu. Flu vaccines are the only vaccines that protect against flu and are proven to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
Together, we can use NIVW as a nationwide call to action to encourage everyone 6 months and older to get their annual flu shot, especially young children and others at higher risk. The more people vaccinated against flu, the more people are protected from flu.
Currently, flu activity is elevated across the country, so this week will serve to remind people that there is still time to benefit from the first and most important action in preventing flu illness and potentially serious flu complications: get a flu vaccine today.
Click here to view the AAP Policy Statement: Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2022–2023 (COMMITTEE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES).
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.
National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 5-9, 2022)
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 is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) 2022
Hepatitis Awareness Month
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The CDC offers many helpful resources to help you promote vaccination during this week.
For more information please visit: https://www.gaaap.org/immunizations/
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