National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.
Since 1994, NIIW has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ensure that infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.
But these days, the decision of whether or not to vaccinate can be a tough one. Parents may be influenced by their healthcare providers, family members, friends and the media.
In a study in the May 2013 Pediatrics, researchers analyzed the role these social networks play in parents' decisions about immunization.
In this interview, we help you sort through the sources of information and make recommendations for parents to use as a way to learn about their baby's vaccines. In addition, we delve into the role of parents when making decisions about vaccinating their children.