Public Health Celebrates National Infant Immunization Week

VALDOSTA – Families are at the heart of our communities, and their health is our priority. That’s why the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District is proud to recognize National Infant Immunization Awareness Week (NIIW), observed from April 22 to April 29. NIIW highlights the importance of keeping the youngest members of our communities safe and healthy by protecting them from vaccine-preventable disease.

During this week-long event, public health emphasizes the critical need for families to prioritize their infants’ health by ensuring they receive timely immunizations. Vaccines help shield babies from serious childhood diseases, including whooping cough (pertussis) and measles.

Dr. Mark J. Eanes, District Health Director, emphasizes the significance of NIIW, stating, “Our little ones rely on us to keep them safe and healthy. National Infant Immunization Awareness Week is a wonderful opportunity for families to come together and prioritize their children’s health. By staying on track with vaccinations, we’re giving our kids the best protection against preventable diseases.”

Vaccines are one of the best tools we have to keep our families healthy and our communities thriving. They’re safe, effective, and provide long-lasting protection against diseases. Our goal within public health is to remind parents, caregivers, and community members that it’s our shared responsibility to ensure everyone gets the protection they need.

Public health recognizes that some families have hesitations surrounding some vaccines. National Infant Immunization Awareness Week is a great time to build that vaccine trust. We encourage families to talk with your healthcare provider or local health department to ask questions or bring up any concerns you may have.

For more information about infant immunizations or to schedule an appointment call your local health department today. To learn more about South Health District, visit