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2007 Media Releases


Date:
April 20, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Tim Timmons, Immunization and Vaccine Effort Coalition, 441-8056


MAYOR PROMOTES INFANT IMMUNIZATION

Mayor Coleen J. Seng will sign a proclamation declaring April 21 through 27 as "Infant Immunization Awareness Week" at a ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Mayor’s Conference Room, 555 South 10th Street. She will be joined by members of the Lincoln Immunization and Vaccination Effort (LIVE) Coalition and children from the early childhood day care program at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

"Childhood immunizations have been very successful in disease control, and we must continue to promote them to parents, caregivers and public and private health care providers," said Mayor Seng. "This awareness event is an opportunity to celebrate the fact that vaccines are one of our most successful and cost-effective public health tools."

In March of this year, Nebraska received two awards from the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recognizing outstanding accomplishments in achieving 83.9 percent coverage for the basic immunization series among two-year-old children. Nebraska’s coverage was second best in the nation (behind Massachusetts), according to CDC’s National Immunization Survey. Nebraska also received an award for improving immunization rates by 19.6 percent between 2002 and 2005.

For more information on childhood immunizations, see the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: shots).


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