National Infant Immunization Week highlights importance of protecting infants through immunization

Since 1994, NIIW has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers, and health care providers to ensure infants are fully immunized.

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is being observed this week (April 20–27). Since it began in 1994, the annual NIIW has highlighted the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization. With the help of CDC-developed educational and promotional materials, local and state health departments, national immunization partners, and health professionals across the country will hold community activities and events reminding parents of the importance of vaccinating their children according to the recommended immunization schedule.

CDC noted that although current vaccination rates for children are very strong, recent outbreaks of measles and pertussis in the United States demonstrate the importance of continually emphasizing the importance of immunization by successfully addressing parents' questions and concerns about vaccines.

In addition to NIIW, World Immunization Week—an initiative of the World Health Organization to promote immunization and advance equity in the use of vaccines and universal access to vaccination services—is being observed currently.

Also, through the second annual CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award, CDC will be recognizing individuals for contributing to public health through their work in childhood immunizations.