National Infant Immunization Week, April 24-30, 2022
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is a yearly observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). 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. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some infants and children to miss or delay routinely recommended vaccinations. On-time vaccination is critical to provide protection against potentially life-threatening diseases. Information and resources to promote NIIW are available in the links below.
The following major achievements highlight the benefits of immunizations among infants and young children:
- Vaccines have drastically reduced infant deaths and disability caused by preventable disease in the U.S.
- Immunizations now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
- Routine childhood immunization among children born from 1994-2018 will prevent:
- an estimated 419 million illnesses,
- 8 million hospitalizations, and
- 936,000 early deaths over the course of their lifetimes.
Childhood immunization has resulted in a net savings of $406 billion in direct costs and $1.9 trillion in total economic impact. Vaccines prevent diseases and save lives. Immunize for a better life.