National Infant Immunization Week

(TDH press release) National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is underway right now and runs through Saturday, May 1st.

Each year, NIIW highlights the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children — and this year, it is vital that families stay on track for routine checkups and vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend children continue to attend well-child appointments and receive recommended vaccinations during the pandemic.

“We know there are thousands of children in Tennessee who are behind on vaccinations because of the pandemic,” said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “It is critical that all children are up-to-date with their childhood vaccinations so they are protected and so that Tennessee avoids additional disease outbreaks.”

As in-person learning and play become more common, on-time vaccination is even more urgent to help keep children protected against potentially life-threatening diseases.

During NIIW, the Tennessee Department of Health reminds parents and pregnant women about the importance of on-time infant and childhood immunization – even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to reach out to your child’s medical provider or your county health department to schedule missed appointments and make sure your child is up to date on all recommended vaccinations.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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