New York State Department of Health Recognizes National Infant Immunization Week

Department is Encouraging Parents and Caregivers to Prepare Their Children's Immune System to Fight Serious and Deadly Diseases

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 26, 2023) – The New York State Department of Health recognizes National Infant Immunization Week, observed April 24-30, by educating parents and caregivers of infants and young children about the importance of up-to-date vaccinations and keeping their own vaccinations up to date. Vaccinated caregivers can protect infants who are in the process of completing their vaccine series.

"As a pediatrician for over 32 years, I know we are very fortunate to have the safest, most effective vaccines we have ever had in our country, Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said. "Vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough, pneumococcus and mumps threaten the health of children, so the Department encourages that they start being immunized starting at birth with Hepatitis B and other CDC recommended vaccines during their first year of life."

Vaccinating children strengthens their immune system and helps to keep them safe throughout their life. Recommended vaccinations by the time a child is age 1 are:

Children attending daycare and pre-K through 12th grade in New York State must receive all required doses of vaccines on the recommended schedule to attend or remain in school, but they should be vaccinated starting at birth. Parents should speak with a health care provider about their child's immunization records to catch up on any missing immunizations.

Decades of research shows that vaccines prevent disease, save lives, and are safe and effective.

The recent re-appearance of paralytic polio in New York, which can result in life-long disability or death, underscores the importance of maintaining immunity against the threat of paralytic disease and other vaccine-preventable illnesses.

Today and every day, the Department reminds New Yorkers that vaccines are safe, effective, and the most fundamental protection parents and guardians can provide to children to keep them safe and healthy.

Common Vaccine Misconceptions and Concerns can be found here.

"How Vaccines Work: How Do Germs Make Your Baby Sick?" can be watched here.

The Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule can be found here.

Recommended Vaccine Schedule for Children 6 Years or Younger can be found here.