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Indiana has been selected as the national host site for the 2014 National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). The NIIW is set for April 26 – May 3, 2014, and is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of NIIW. Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the United States have joined together to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health. 2014 is also the 20 year anniversary of the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program The Immunization Division, local health departments and other community partners will be hosting events all across Indiana to celebrate the week. Dr. Anne Schuchat, Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Services and Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS) will be speaking at many of the events, attended by both health professionals and Indiana citizens. You can find a list of all the scheduled events here (please note this is a draft agenda):
For more information about this week of observance, please visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/index.html
If you would like more information about the events scheduled during NIIW, please contact the Immunization Division at (800) 701-0704 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Indiana State Department of Health Immunization Program strives to prevent disease, disability, and death in children, adolescents, and adults through vaccination.
MyVaxIndiana is a user friendly concept which allows Hoosiers to directly access immunization records from any computer through the use of a personal identification number (PIN). Local health departments and healthcare providers will be the primary access point to obtain PINs. The PINs can be used by individuals to log in to a secure website and check immunization history for themselves and their children as it is recorded in the Indiana Children and Hoosiers Immunization Registry Program (CHIRP). Only registered CHIRP providers will be able to generate PINs.
Through MyVaxIndiana, Hoosiers will have the ability to download, fax, or print official proof of immunization, which can be used for school, travel or other purposes. Each record also features the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ACIP Immunization Schedule so parents can plan for future immunizations.
MyVaxIndiana was created by the ISDH through a technology grant from the Office of the National Coordinator. This new system complements CHIRP, which is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is to reduce the burden and costs of office visits, give Hoosiers another tool to better manage their health care and increase childhood immunization rates.
For questions, please email MyVaxIndiana@isdh.in.gov or call the Helpdesk at 1-888-227-4439
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