The AAP will have an active campaign for NIIW. The AAP is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in inviting the AAP Council on Communication and Media and AAP members to promote this campaign and participate in the CDC Blog-A-Thon.
If you write and publish a blog on the power of vaccines during this week, you can include the campaign web badge on your blog to make other aware of your participation. Also, send your blog's title and Web address to CDC at firstname.lastname@example.org and AAP at email@example.com with "NIIW Blog-A-Thon" in the subject line. Promote your blog on social media using the hashtags #WhyIVax and #Ivax2Protect.
The AAP will also have an active social media campaign, with the hashtags #WhyIVax and #Ivax2Protect, promoting its interactive immunization map, and healthychildren.org will be promoting stories from parents about the power of immunization. For a complete list of activities and resources for NIIW 2017, please visit the campaign webpage at www.aap.org/whyivax. View the AAP Immunization Social Media Toolkit for access to guidance and sample posts, tweets, memes, and videos. Use #WhyIVax, #Ivax2protect and #NIIW when you post!
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.
Resources for Communicating with Parents
Experts and parents from around the country answer frequently asked
questions on the importance of immunization, immunization safety, recent
pertussis outbreaks, and more. Click
here for the full listing of audio interviews. Resources
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 existinginfluenza 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.