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National Infant Immunization Week

A call to action: CDC, Department of Health urging parents to immunize infants for vaccine-preventable diseases

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During the week of April 24th through April 30th, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County and the Center For Disease Control recognize National Infant Immunization Week by promoting the benefits of immunizations for children from birth to two years old.  Don’t wait, vaccinate!

National Infant Immunization Week is a yearly observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year, in particular, it’s critical to ensure that families stay on track for children’s routine checkups and recommended vaccinations following disruptions from COVID-19.

CDC report released in May 2020 found a troubling drop in routine childhood vaccination as a result of families staying at home. CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children stay on track with their well-child appointments and routine vaccinations. On-time vaccination is critical to provide protection against potentially life-threatening diseases.

This annual focus on infant immunizations is an opportunity to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers on the importance of childhood vaccinations. In addition, it is a call to action to ensure that all children are protected from birth against 14 serious childhood illnesses.

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is committed to increasing the rate of immunization among Florida’s children under two years of age. We encourage parents and caregivers to contact their health care provider to schedule their child’s vaccinations.  If you don’t have a health care provider, parents can contact our Immunization Program to schedule an appointment at 407-723-5004 or visit the appointment link. 

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

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