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National Infant Immunization Week & Toddler Immunization Month 2020

Hepatitis A. Influenza. Pertussis (Whooping Cough). These and other vaccine-preventable diseases have made and continue to make headlines here in San Diego and around the US. Vaccine-preventable diseases are a danger to the health of our community.

Infants and toddlers are among those most vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases and their complications. It's never too early to start protecting babies' and toddlers' health with immunizations.

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), was April 25 through May 2, and Toddler Immunization Month (TIM) is May. These observances are celebrated each year to remind everyone of the importance of routine immunizations for children from birth to 2 years of age.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread cancellations or postponements of non-emergency medical appointments, parents may find it more difficult to get their children immunized. HHSA recommends that parents contact their child’s healthcare provider to work out when immunization visits can be scheduled safely.

Although the pandemic has meant sweeping changes to everyday life. But it’s still important to remember the importance of regular childhood immunizations in keeping children healthy.

Immunization is one of the best ways to protect your children's health. Children need shots at birth, 2, 4, 6 and 12-15 months and 1-2 years of age to protect them against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. This is a great time to check your children's immunization records to make sure they are up-to-date. Contact your doctor or other regular source of medical care now to make sure your children are protected!

For additional information on immunization and the diseases it prevents, please explore this website. You can also visit these other websites/pages:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccines & Immunizations Page

California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center

Every Child By Two

Voices for Vaccines: Parents Speaking up for Immunization

The San Diego Regional Immunization Registry (SDIR): Keep Your Immunization Records Online!

Links to some downloadable NIIW/TIM materials are on the right side of this page and links are below (click links to view/download resources), as well as general immunization resources for parents. Please use them to spread the word about the importance of childhood immunization.

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CDC Infant and Childhood Resources for Parents

Immunization. Power To Protect.