National Infant Immunization Week Highlights the Need for Children to Stay on Schedule for Vaccines
Published on 28 April 2021 00:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS – National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 24–May 1, 2021, focuses on the positive impact vaccinations have on the lives of infants and children. This year, a priority is to ensure that families stay on track for routine checkups and vaccinations, especially during COVID-19.
The Marion County Public Health Department joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in recommending children continue attending well-child appointments and receive recommended vaccinations during the pandemic.
As in-person learning and play become more common, following the recommended childhood immunization schedule vaccination is even more urgent to help provide immunity against 14 potentially life-threatening childhood illnesses, such as measles and whooping cough, before the age of 2.
“COVID-19 has caused many disruptions in families’ lives – and in some cases, it has meant that children have missed or delayed their wellness checkups and vaccinations,” said Virginia A. Caine, M.D., director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department. “Doctors can safely see children during the pandemic so that our young ones receive the necessary vaccines critical to protecting themselves and others.”
NIIW is also a good time for women who are pregnant to find a doctor for their baby and schedule a visit to discuss any questions about vaccines.
Low-cost immunizations are available for children through the Marion County Public Health Department at its district health offices and the ACTION Health Center. To learn more, including locations and cost, please call the health department’s Immunization Program at 317-221-2122 or visit www.MarionHealth.org/immunize. COVID-19 vaccine is now available for all Hoosiers age 16 and older. To make an appointment anywhere in Indiana, please visit www.OurShot.IN.gov or call 211.
Curt Brantingham, M.A.
Media/Public Information Coordinator
Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County
Marion County Public Health Department
317-221-2316 (o) 317-525-7450 (m)