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For Release:
April 25, 2011

Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H.
Acting Commissioner

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Department of Health and Senior Services Supports National Infant Immunization Week


 

During National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) (April 23-30), the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is highlighting the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and supporting health care providers and public health partners as they hold events to encourage healthier communities.

 

“Vaccines protect individuals, they protect communities, and they enable the medical community to greatly reduce the chances of an outbreak of disease that would become a major health crisis,” said Acting Commissioner Mary O’Dowd. “I urge everyone to support National Infant Immunization Month by participating in events being held by health care organizations across New Jersey.”

 

Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is critical to protect them through immunization. Each day, nearly 12,000 babies are born in the U.S. and all of them will need to be immunized against 14 vaccine preventable diseases before age two.  

 

According to the 2009 National Immunization Survey, approximately 67 percent of New Jersey children ages19 - 35 months received the recommended vaccine doses compared to the US National average of approximately 70 percent.  These vaccines provide protection against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, haemophilus influenza B, hepatitis B and chickenpox.

 

Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease, parents often are unaware that children are at risk for so many serious and life-threatening diseases.  However, vaccine-preventable diseases are still a threat to children.  The CDC reports that as recently as 2010, California recorded more than 8,000 cases of whooping cough, resulting in the death of 10 infants; and worldwide, 100,000 children die each year of measles.

 

Throughout National Infant Immunization Week, local health care organizations across New Jersey will be extending hours, hosting educational events, and organizing community-wide immunization awareness walks. 

 

Since 1994, the last week in April has been designated and celebrated nationally as NIIW.  National Infant Immunization Week highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrates the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.

 

In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partnering with the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) to hold community events across the United States and throughout the Western Hemisphere.  Hundreds of communities are expected to take part in celebrating NIIW.

Listed below are New Jersey events being held in honor of NIIW. A complete list of events is available below.  Additional information regarding vaccinations and NIIW week can be found on the CDC website.

 

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

Vaccine Preventable Disease Program

 

 

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW)

NIIW April 23-30, 2011

List of Events

 

 

Immunization Awareness Walks

 

1.       Irvington Preschool Academy

141 Montgomery Avenue

Irvington, New Jersey 07111

            Tuesday, April 19

10:00-11:00am

For More Information contact:

Atif Nazir, Health Officer

Irvington Health Department

(973)-399-6647

 

 

2.       CAMcare Health Corporation

817 Federal Street

Camden, NJ 08103

Tuesday, April 26

10:00 am.

For more information contact:

Cynthia Primas-Taylor

Director of Clinical and Support Services

856-687-2213

Cynthia@camcare.net

 

 

 

3.       Newark Department of Health

Newark City Hall Steps

920 Broad Street 

Newark, NJ 07102

Friday, April 29

Walk begins 10:00 am

Project Vaccinate

For more information contact:

Dorothy A. McCall

Manager, Children Health Services

          (973)-733-7580

          mccalld@ci.newark.nj.us

 

 

Listing of NIIW awareness events---listed alphabetically by county

 

Atlantic County

 

Organization Name:  Atlantic City Department of Health and Human Services
Organization Address
. 1301 Bacharach Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Event or Activity:

 

Distributing CDC posters and bookmarks in English and Spanish at local daycare centers and schools. 

 

Partnering with WIC to provide a health education table with materials to encourage parents to immunize their children.

 

Date:  Thursday, April 28

Time:  9:30am-12:00 pm

Contact Person:  Rhonda Fitzgerald

Nurse Coordinator, Pediatric Health Center

Phone:  609-347-6870

Email:  rfitzgerald@cityofatlanticcity.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bergen County

 

Organization Name:  Board of Health
Organization Address
. Borough of Hillsdale 380 Hillsdale Avenue Hillsdale, NJ 07642

Event or Activity:

 

Child Health Clinic for 15 towns in Hillsdale.  Ongoing information in the town’s newspaper and local papers.

 

Date:  Ongoing—once a month

Time:  9:00 am-12:30 pm

Contact Person:  Barbara Martine

Phone:  201-666-4800 ext. 1528

Email:  bamartine@optonline.net

 

Organization Name:  Paramus Board of Health
Organization Address
. Borough Hall 1 Jockish Square Paramus, NJ 07652

Event or Activity:

 

Mayoral Proclamation for NIIW

Sending press releases to announce that Paramus Board of Health will be offering free immunizations to qualifying infants and children.

 

Date:  Tuesday, April 12

Time:  1:00 pm

Contact Person:  Paula Opitz, RN, MS

Phone:  Must register by calling 201-265-2100, x 615 or 618

Email:  popitz@paramusborough.org

 

Organization Name:  Hackensack Health Department
Organization Address
. 215 State Street Hackensack, NJ 07601

Event or Activity:

 

Wednesday, April 27

8:30-11:00 am

Child Health Conference enrollment and regular CHC session

 

Thursday, April 28

9:00 am-3:00 pm

New Jersey Family Care enrollment at Hackensack WIC site

 

Contact Person: Eleanor Seidel, RN or Shelly Fierman

Phone: 201-646-3963 or 201-646-3964

Emailjchrist@hackensack.org

 

 

Essex County

 

Organization Name:  St. Barnabas Medical Center
Organization Address
. 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, New Jersey 07039

Event or Activity:

 

St. Barnabas Medical Center will display a table in the hospital cafeteria with handouts regarding the importance of immunizations.

 

Date:  Tuesday, April 26

Time:  10:00 am-3:00 pm

Contact Person:  Barbara Podberesky

Nurse Coordinator, Pediatric Health Center

Phone:  973-322-5400

Email:  BPodberesky@sbhcs.com

 

Hudson County

 

Organization Name:  Metropolitan Family Health Network
Organization Address
. 935 Garfield Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07304

Event or Activity:

 

Free vaccinations for infants and children 2 years and younger

 

Date:  Thursday, April 28

Time:  9:00 am-12:00 pm

Contact Person:  Carmen Moloughney, RN

Phone:  201-478-5825

Email:  cmoloughney@metroghn.org

 

Organization Name:      North Hudson Community Action Corporation
Organization Address
Union City Pediatrics at High School-Based Health Center

                                2500 Kennedy Boulevard Union City, NJ 07087

Event or Activity:  

 

Press Conference for NIIW

 

Date:  Monday, April 25

Time:  10:00 am

Contact Person:  Dr. Mason-Eastmond, Director of Pediatrics or

               Anny Taveras, Public Health Infection Control Coordinator

Phone:  201-424-0103 or 201 553-7888

 

Organization Name:      North Hudson Community Action Corporation
Organization Address
. 5301 Broadway West New York, NJ 07093

 

Event or Activity:  

 

Free Vaccine Days

 

Date:  Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27

Time:  8:00-11:30 am

Contact Person:  Dr. Mason-Eastmond, Director of Pediatrics or

                      Anny Taveras, Public Health Infection Control Coordinator

Phone:  201-424-0103 or 201-866-9320

 

Organization Name:      North Hudson Community Action Corporation
Organization Address
. Union City Pediatrics at High School-Based Health Center

                              2500 Kennedy Boulevard Union City, NJ 07087

 

Event or Activity:  

 

Free Vaccine Day

 

Date:  Thursday, April 28

Time:  8:30am-7:00 pm

Contact Person:  Dr. Mason-Eastmond, Director of Pediatrics or

                      Anny Taveras, Public Health Infection Control Coordinator

Phone:  201-424-0103 or 201-553-7888

 

Organization Name:      North Hudson Community Action Corporation
Organization Address
.  1116 43rd Street North Bergen, NJ 07047

 

Event or Activity:  

 

Free Vaccine Day

 

Date:  Friday, April 29

Time:  8:30-11:30 am

Contact Person:  Dr. Mason-Eastmond, Director of Pediatrics or

                           Anny Taveras, Public Health Infection Control Coordinator

Phone:  201-424-0103 or 201-330-2632

 

 

Mercer County

 

Organization Name:  New Jersey Immunization Network (NJIN)
Event or Activity:

 

“Cocooning Against Pertussis: Cocoons Are Not Only for Butterflies” webinar.  This program will feature Dr. Peter Wenger, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  Strategies for preventing the transmission of Bordetella pertussis in infants (e.g., cocooning), adolescents, and adults will be discussed.

 

Since space is limited, please register as a group instead of individually (i.e. all health department staff who wish to view the webinar would register together as one group instead of each staff member registering individually.) 

 

Please reserve your webinar seat now at:

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/315213350

 

Date:  Tuesday, April 26

Time:  12:30-1:30 pm

Contact Person:  Mary Jo Garofoli, Program Manager

Phone:  609-588-9988

Email:  mjgarofoli@njpcore.org

 

Ocean County

 

Organization Name:  Lakewood Resource & Referral Center
Organization Address
. 212 2nd Street, Suite 204 Lakewood, NJ 08701

Event or Activity:

 

Creating and distributing posters promoting NIIW to all local pediatric offices in the community

 

Date(s): April 23-30

Time

Contact Person: Leah Schnall

Phone: 732-942-9292 x 105

Emaillschnall@lrrcenter.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Union County

 

Organization Name:  The Arc of Union County Bright Beginnings
Organization Address
. 135 Dermody Street Cranford, NJ 07016

Event or Activity:

 

Infant class created posters recognizing NIIW.  Posters are displayed in the classrooms. 

 

Date(s): March 25-April 30

Time

Contact Person: Khadijah Green

Phone: 908-276-6660

Emailkgreen@arcunion.org

 

 

 

For more information contact:

 

NJDHSS Vaccine Preventable Disease Program,

Jennifer Smith, Health Educator at 609-826-4860

 

CDC National Infant Immunization Week

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/index.html

 

 

 

 
 
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