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2013 National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) April 20 – 27, 2013


National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) | Sound of Pertussis | Childhood Immunization Schedule | Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler | The Pertussis Disease Villain | Public Relations Tools | ImmTrac, Texas Immunization Registry | Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) | NIIW - Regional Activities & Events | Resources

Cocooning: A Circle of ProtectionNational Infant Immunization Week (NIIW)

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) will be observed from April 20 – 27, 2013.  NIIW reminds parents and other caregivers of the importance of protecting children 0 to 24 months and older from vaccine-preventable diseases through routine and timely vaccinations.  The goals are:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of vaccines 
  • Expand immunization coverage
  • Promote national and cross-border activities in joint efforts to prevent disease and save lives. 

NIIW promotes childhood immunizations using local activities, community outreach, media events, and recognition ceremonies. 

NIIW is launched at the same time in countries and territories in the World Health Organization Regions of the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Western Pacific, Europe and Africa.   It reaches populations with limited access to regular health care services and thus at increased risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases.  The international effort is especially effective since vaccine-preventable diseases are easily transmitted from one country to another. 

Please refer to the public relations tools listed for a wide variety of campaign materials and resources to assist in planning, promoting and implementing NIIW activities.  Additional materials are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/index.html

DSHS, Immunization Branch, observes NIIW by:

  • Coordinating state-wide NIIW theme, focus and tag line
  • Obtaining a State Proclamation (signed by Gov. Perry) proclaiming April 20 – 27 2013 as Infant Immunization Week (To be posted on web page when available)
  • Creating an e-card to be sent as an electronic greeting card to patients, friends, family, co-workers!
  • Launching web page
  • Encouraging participation in national immunization awards

Theme:  Protect infants against pertussis

Focus: Protection of infants through Cocooning

Tag Line:

  • (English)  Cocooning:  A Circle of Protection    
  • (Spanish)  Capullo:  Un Círculo de Protección

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Child with Pertussis Coughing

Sound of Pertussis

People with the disease can cough violently and rapidly, over and over, until the air is gone from their lungs and they are forced to inhale with a loud "whooping" sound. Pertussis is worse for very young children. Also, it is important to know that not everyone with pertussis coughs or "whoops".


Pertussis (Whooping cough) is a contagious and very serious infection of the lungs and breathing tubes. It causes violent and uncontrollable coughing.  Many babies and young children get whooping cough from adults or older brothers or sisters who don’t know they have the disease. Pregnant women with whooping cough can give it to their newborn babies.   Compared to adults and older children, whooping cough is most harmful to infants < 12 months and can be deadly. The DTaP vaccine protects against whooping cough.  Infants should receive DtaP at: 

  • 2 months (minimum age 6 weeks)
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 15 – 18 months
  • 4 – 6 years.  

Note:  Infants younger than 6 months of age are not fully protected until their third dose of DTaP vaccine at 6 months of age.

Cocooning is a recommended strategy to protect infants against pertussis.   Because whooping cough is so harmful in babies, everyone around them needs to be vaccinated--to make a circle of protection by receiving the Tdap vaccine.   The Tdap vaccine recommendations are:

  • Persons 11 – 18 years (with completed recommended DTP/DTAP in childhood):  1 Tdap dose
  • Persons 19 through 64 years (not previously received Tdap):  1 Tdap dose
  • Adults 65 years and older (who expect to have close contact to an infant < 12 months):  1 Tdap dose
  • Pregnant women (not previously vaccinated):  1 Tdap dose during the third trimester or late second trimester (after 20 weeks gestation)

If not administered during pregnancy, Tdap should be administered immediately postpartum.

Routine and Timely Vaccinations - If a baby is not too young to get the disease, it is not too young to get the vaccine!  During a delay, the child is susceptible.  Follow the recommended immunization schedule provides the best protection or has the best evidence of effectiveness.  It is important to bring the immunization record card every time to keep a record of all vaccines received.

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Childhood immunization scheduler

Childhood Immunization Schedule

Make sure your child is immunized on time. This schedule provides generally recommended dates for immunizations based on your child's birth date.For a complete list of recommended immunizations, select your child’s birth date.


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Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler for Children Six Years and Younger SM

Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler

This tool once downloaded can be used to determine the vaccines your child needs and is especially useful for quickly seeing missed or skipped vaccines according to the Immunization Schedule.


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The Pertussis Disease Villain

The Pertussis Disease Villain

-(Kid Friendly Fact Sheet)

Meet pertussis, a disease villain from BAM! Body and Mind that leaves its victims literally gasping for air.


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Chart on an Overhead ProjectorPublic Relations Tools

  1. Sample proclamation
  2. Banner (Word)
  3. The Pertussis Disease Villain
  4. Activities and Events - Reporting Form (Activities Matrix)

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ImmTrac, the Texas immunization registry

ImmTrac, Texas Immunization Registry

Vaccinate and register your child in ImmTrac, the Texas immunization registry.  ImmTrac, a free service of the Texas Department of State Health Services, safely stores your child’s confidential immunization information.  With your consent, your doctor can access your child’s shot history in ImmTrac to ensure that important vaccines are not missed.  To learn more, visit:  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/immtrac/default.shtm.

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Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) program sm

Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC)

Your child may be eligible for low-cost vaccines through the Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) program.  The TVFC is a state-operated program funded with federal and state money to provide low-cost vaccines to eligible children from birth through 18 years of age.  Ask your doctor if your child is eligible. To learn more, visit:  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/tvfc/default.shtm

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NIIW - Regional Activities & Events

Please check back often to learn about NIIW - Regional Activities & Events.
NIIW - Regional Activities & Events

Health Service Region 1

Map of Texas Health Regions

Health Service Region 2/3

Health Service Region 4/5North

Health Service Region 6/5South

Health Service Region 7

Health Service Region 8

Health Service Region 9/10

Health Service Region 11

click map for full size image | or view Texas county map

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Healthy Children (American Academy of Pediatrics):



American Medical Association:


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center: 


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/

Department of State Health Services, Immunization Branch:  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/

Immunization Action Coalition:  http://www.immunize.org   

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Last updated April 09, 2015