MAYVILLE, N.Y.: - National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 24 – May 1, 2021. Each year, NIIW celebrates the critical role vaccination plays in protecting the health of our children and families — and this year we’re reminding parents of the importance of staying up to date with routinely recommended vaccines, even during COVID-19.
As a parent, you want to protect your little one from harm and disease. Vaccinating your child according to the recommended immunization schedule gives him or her the best protection against 14 serious childhood illnesses — like measles and whooping cough — before the age of 2.
Christine Schuyler, County Public Health Director, offers a reminder, “As warmer weather brings more opportunities for in-person, physically distanced activities, I encourage you to make sure your child is up to date on vaccines and if they’ve fallen behind, it’s essential that they catch up. Well-child visits are necessary and important - even during this pandemic.”
You can review the 2021 easy-to-read immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html If you’re pregnant, now is a great time to find a doctor for your baby and schedule a visit to discuss any questions you have about vaccines.
For more information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit these resources:
- CDC’s Vaccines for Your Children https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index
- The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Parenting Website https://www.healthychildren.org
- Vaccinate Your Family https://vaccinateyourfamily.org/
If you have questions about vaccines, talk to your healthcare provider. Connect with the Chautauqua County Health Department and Chautauqua County Maternal and Infant Health Program on our Facebook Pages this week for daily information about childhood immunizations. You can also call the Health Department at 1-866-604-6789 for general information and help getting your children vaccinated.