The AAP has chosen the theme "Tell Us Why You Vaccinate" for NIIW this year.
Below are links to access patient stories/quotes and pediatricians' blog articles. Consider sharing parent stories, quotes and blog articles through your practice's social media account to share in the NIIW celebration. They can also be printed and posted throughout the office for parents to read during visits.
To facilitate a conversation about the importance of immunization, the AAP has asked parents, through
healthychildren.org, to share a story about why they vaccinate.
AAP Voices blog
During NIIW, AAP Voices will run blog posts from pediatricians, including posts by Hansa Bhargava, MD, FAAP; Rhea Boyd, MD, FAAP; Natasha Burgert, MD, FAAP; Ivor Horn, MD, FAAP, and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP.
Resources for Communicating with Parents
and parents from around the country answer frequently asked questions
on the importance of immunization, immunization safety, recent pertussis
outbreaks, and more.
for the full listing of audio interviews.
This year, the AAP will be creating a campaign partners page on the AAP.org Press Room which will help supporters share these powerful parent stories, blogs, and social media content, including infographics and parent quotes. Show your support for NIIW through social media. Follow @AmerAcadPeds and @healthychildren on Twitter and watch for our posts to retweet, using the hashtag #WhyIVax. A social media toolkit and other resources related to NIIW are now available. Below are some additional suggested tweets/posts.
It's Nat'l Infant Immunization Week. Make sure your child is up-to-date on all of the recommended vaccinations http://ow.ly/KZn2M #NIIW #WhyIVax
The child immunization schedule – why is it like that? @healthychildren answers 9 common questions http://ow.ly/KZmgQ #NIIW
To protect your own child – and others in your community – make the decision to vaccinate http://ow.ly/KZnzr #NIIW #WhyIVax
#Vaccineswork! This Nat'l Infant Immunization Week, make sure your child is up-to-date on his or her vaccinations http://ow.ly/KZnzr
It's National Infant Immunization Week. This week, learn more about the child immunization schedule and why it's so important to follow. Our parenting website HealthyChildren.org [tag page] has answers to 9 common questions http://ow.ly/KZmgQ #NIIW
NIIW provides an opportunity for a variety of health professionals and community leaders to work together to promote seasonal influenza vaccination. By reinforcing influenza vaccine messages during NIIW, partners can bring together resources and reach people before the next flu season.
It is not too late for a child to receive the flu vaccine this season. Remember, if a child received two or more doses of trivalent or quadrivalent vaccine prior to July 1, 2015, he or she only needs one dose of influenza vaccine this year. If the child did not receive two or more doses prior to July 1, 2015, or if the child's influenza vaccine history is not clear, two doses should be given this year at a four-week interval. NIIW also provides an opportunity to review patient records to identify babies who were previously too young to get flu vaccine, but who are now at least 6 months of age.
The vaccine viruses were announced for the
2016-17 influenza season. The strains for the 2016 -17 influenza season differ from those for the existing
influenza season. Vaccination remains the most important step in protecting against influenza. The AAP recommends annual seasonal influenza immunization for all people 6 months and older, including all children and adolescents. Yearly vaccination is especially important for people who come into contact with high risk children in order to protect every child from the flu.
During NIIW and into the summer, consider taking the following steps:
These posters can be displayed in waiting rooms or exam rooms. They encourage parents to get their children immunized.