This year, from April 21 – April 28, 2018, we celebrate the 24th annual National Infant Immunization Week.
History of National Infant Immunization Week
The last week in April was first designated as National Infant Immunization Week in 1994, by President Bill Clinton.
“Under our plan, every one of the things we could ever think of to do to get kids immunized will be done.”
President Bill Clinton on Remarks on Signing the National Infant Immunization Week Proclamation
The theme of the first NIIW?
Immunize on Time, Your Baby’s Counting on You
Other themes have included:
- You Gave Them Life…Protect It. (2000)
- Vaccination: an Act of Love. Love Them. Protect Them. Immunize Them. (2004)
In addition to NIIW, during the last week of April, we also observe World Immunization Week and Vaccination Week in the Americas.
National Infant Immunization Week 2018
What’s the theme of this year’s National Infant Immunization Week?
Power to Protect.
We have the power to protect our kids from more than 16 vaccine preventable diseases.
Thinking of skipping or delaying your child’s vaccines? Know that immunization is a responsibility we all share. We all must work together to help protect everyone in our community, including those who are too young to be vaccinated and those who can’t be vaccinated.
“We must not tolerate a world in which a child dies from a disease that can be easily prevented with a low-cost vaccine.”
Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General on World Immunization Week 2018
Get vaccinated and protected.
What to Know About National Infant Immunization Week
National Infant Immunization Week is a great time to learn more about the importance of vaccinating and protecting your kids.