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Florida Health in Duval Highlights National Infant Immunization Week

Monday, April 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Jacksonville, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Duval County recognizes April 21-28 as National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), an annual observance promoting the benefits of immunizations for children from birth to two years old. NIIW also celebrates the milestones achieved in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases among infants worldwide as a result of immunization.

“Vaccinations have substantially reduced or eliminated many infectious diseases, and we proudly recognize the ongoing efforts of public health professionals to protect people from disease,” said Erin Hess, Interim Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Duval County. “However, immunization is a shared responsibility. NIIW provides us with an opportunity to promote the importance of infant immunization and encourage parents and caregivers to protect their children against vaccine-preventable diseases.”

NIIW is a call to action for parents, caregivers and health care providers to ensure that all children are protected from birth against 14 serious childhood illnesses. It is important that parents and health care providers work together to follow the recommended Advisory Committee on Immunizations (ACIP) schedule. Age appropriate and timely vaccination is essential for protecting infants and children because it provides immunity early in life, before they encounter potentially life threatening diseases.

The department is committed to increasing the rate of immunization among Florida’s children under two years of age. Recently, the department worked with a diverse group of public and private partners to update the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). Over the next five years, the department and partners will work to increase access to vaccines for our entire community, with an emphasis on vaccinating infants, teens and pregnant women.

To learn more about the department’s immunization-related goals, visit the SHIP page. For Duval County immunization information, visit the 2017-2019 Duval County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) page.

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