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National Infant Immunization Week from April 24-30

National Infant Immunization Week National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), which is from April 24-30, highlights the importance of protecting infants and children two years or less from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a decline in vaccines given to children during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important that families stay on track for children’s routine checkups and recommended vaccinations. Well-child visits are often covered by most insurances and the following vaccines are given to children ages 0 – 23 months:

• Chickenpox

• Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (4 doses)

• Haemophiles influenzae, type B disease (4 doses)

• Measles, mumps, and rubella • Polio (3 doses)

• Pneumococcal disease (4 doses)

• Hepatitis A

• Hepatitis B

• Influenza (annually)

Vaccines are safe. Before a vaccine is approved and given to children, it is tested extensively. Also, COVID19 vaccines are available for children ages 5 and older. Information is expected soon for those under the age of 5 after more testing has been completed.

More information can be downloaded from the Center for Disease Control website. For any questions regarding infant immunization, please contact the Livingston County Department of Health at 585-243-7299 or visit here.