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Connecticut Department of Public Health - Events 2016 (2016 Town Schedules will be posted when received.)
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National Infant Immunization Week -  April 16-23, 2016
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National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

Health care professionals remain parents’ most trusted source of information about vaccines for their children. They play a critical role in supporting parents in understanding and choosing vaccinations.  Most parents choose the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure that their infant is up-to-date on immunizations.

Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease, parents may not have heard of some of today’s vaccines or the serious diseases they prevent. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. That is why it is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases still circulate in the United States and around the world, so continued vaccination is necessary to protect everyone from potential outbreaks. Even when diseases are rare in the U.S., they can be brought into the country, putting unvaccinated children at risk.
Schedule by Town (2016 Town Schedules will be posted as soon as they are received)
 Bridgeport    Danbury     Hartford     Naugatuck Valley     New Britain
 New Haven    Norwalk   Stamford    Waterbury     West Haven 
 The Hartford Immunization Program will host a “fashion show” featuring children sporting different vaccines while their parent describes what the vaccine protects against. Question and answer session & door prizes.  Free event! City of Hartford Health and Human Services, Burgdorf building lobby, 131 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT 06103  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Contact: Tish Ricks-Lopez (860) 757-4807 or  Cristina Rodriguez (860) 757-4817
Tues. 4/29  “Keeping Your Baby Healthy through Vaccines”
Information about childhood vaccines and the CIRTS program will be provided to moms and dads in the WIC waiting rooms. Educational information and fun items for children, plus refreshments. Open to Bridgeport WIC clients. Free event offered in 2 WIC Office locations:
Optimus Health Care        Southwest Community Health Center
1450 Barnum Avenue, Bridgeport    1020 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport
9:00-11:00 a.m.        2:00-4:00 p.m.  Contact: Joan Lane (203) 372-5503 ext. 15
Mon. 4/28 CIRTS/Immunization Record Check
Fri. 5/2 Attendees can stop by the lobby outside of the WIC office at the Norwalk Health Dept. at any time throughout the day to receive information regarding CIRTS, childhood vaccines, vaccine safety and the whooping cough vaccine. Free event! More information can be found on the Norwalk Health Dept.’s Facebook page or website:
Norwalk Health Dept., 137 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Contact: Pam Bates (203) 854-7728
Thur. 5/1 "A Celebration for Families and New Babies"
The Weston Women’ s League and Family and Children’s Agency (FCA) of Norwalk will be hosting a celebration for families and new babies enrolled in the agency’s programs (Healthy Start, Mom’s Project, Nurturing Families Network-Home Visits & Nurturing Families Network- Connections) . The event is free of charge for FCA clients. The Norwalk Immunization Action Plan staff will give a bilingual-Spanish presentation to the attendees on the importance and schedule of immunization, the Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS) and share tips on how to keep children up-to-date with their vaccinations. The participants will receive gift bags filled with immunization and CIRTS brochures, parent-held immunization record booklets, and baby gift items imprinted with the Norwalk Immunization Program’s contact information.   
Norwalk City Hall Community Room, 25 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855, 10:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m.               Contact: Pam Bates (203) 854-7728
Naugatuck Valley
Tues. 4/29 Baby Rhyme Time
Infants and non-walkers will enjoy this fun one-on-one time with their caregiver. The Naugatuck Valley Immunization Program will be there to discuss immunizations with participants and provide immunization information and giveaways for parents and children. Library staff will do traditional and new nursery rhymes and songs, many with hand play or action. Then stay awhile for some free play and socialization for the kids, and chit-chat for the adults.     Free event! Walk-ins welcome.
Plumb Memorial Library, Huntington Branch       
41 Church St., Huntington, CT  06484    
10:30-11:00 a.m.           For more information, call the branch: (203) 926-0111
Wed. 4/30 Baby & Me Story Hour
Infants (birth-12 months old) along with a caregiver are invited to this lap-sit program which introduces our youngest patrons to the library and books through simple songs and rhymes, movement, board books, and interaction with their caregiver. Following the program, a play time will be held which gives babies and their caretakers an opportunity to socialize. The Naugatuck Valley Immunization Program will be there to discuss immunizations with participants and provide immunization information and giveaways for parents and children.        Free event - Pre-registration is required.
Derby Public Library 
313 Elizabeth St.
Derby, CT  06418   Contact: Sue Sherman, Children’s Librarian (203) 736-1482
Sat. 5/3  Griffin Hospital’s Childbirth Center Baby Fair
Join us for a fun day featuring over 30 exhibitors including door prizes and tours of the Childbirth Center throughout the day. New and expecting parents can register by calling 203-732-7595. Attendees who preregister will be entered into a free drawing but walk-ins are welcome.  The Valley’s Immunization Coordinator, Elizabeth Green will be on hand with immunization information and giveaways.
Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St, Derby 06418,        
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.        Contact: Elizabeth Green: (203) 881-3255
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Tues. 4/29, Waterbury WIC Immunization Awareness Event
Wed. 4/30, The Waterbury IAP coordinator will be available to discuss immunization issues and review records.
Thurs. 5/1 Activities include story-telling and hand-washing instruction. Free giveaways include baby bibs bearing the immunization schedule & colorful brochures with helpful information. Healthy snacks will be provided by the Positive Parenting Program.  (Informational tables will be open during WIC hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00pm.)
 Waterbury Health Department
One Jefferson Square, Waterbury, CT 06706
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Activities on each day)           Contact: Randy York (203) 346-3907
Fri. 5/2   “Take Care, Teddy Bear” Story time
Kathie Rocco, Danbury IAP Outreach Coordinator, will read a story about visiting the Doctor and getting shots. Children can give a “shot” to their own stuffed bear and do a themed craft. Information on vaccination will be provided to parents with a take-home goody bag for the children. Parents and Children Ages 3+ are invited to attend.  
Free event - Pre-registration is required: (203) 797-4528
Danbury Public Library – KidZone For more information visit: ttp://
170 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810  
10:15 – 11:00a.m.      Contact: Kathie Rocco (203) 730-5224
New Britain
Wed. 4/23 New Britain Rock Cats “Immunization Records Night”
The New Britain Immunization Program and the New Britain Rock Cats Baseball Team have partnered to promote well child health. Parents who bring their child’s immunization record to the stadium can have their child’s record reviewed and receive a free child’s ticket to the game (with each adult ticket purchased). A local pediatrician will throw out the first pitch in honor of the event. An immunization information table will be set up with educational materials for parents and caregivers, and public service announcements will be made throughout the evening.   Gates open at 5:35 p.m./Game starts at 6:35 p.m.
  New Britain Stadium
230 Karbonic Way, New Britain, CT 06051    Contact: Ramona Anderson (860) 509-8060
New Haven
Thur. 4/24 Welcome Kindergarteners & Immunization Educational Table
The New Haven IAP Coordinator will be handing out Kindergarten Registration Forms and information on the immunizations needed for kindergarten entry. Also immunization material will be handed out and free give-a-ways will be available.
New Haven Health Department
54 Meadow Street - 1st Floor, New Haven, CT 
9:00 am to 4:30 p.m.                   Contact: Jennifer Hall (203) 946-7257
West Haven
Fri 4/25 NIIW at WIC
The West Haven Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Coordinator will host an informational table & be available to discuss any questions or concerns parents in the WIC program have about Immunizations and their child.  Educational material for parents as well as diaper bags filled with goodies for parents with newborns will be given out!  Bring your child's immunization history and the IAP Coordinator can tell you which shots your child should be receiving at their next wellness visit.
West Haven City Hall WIC Office (basement)
355 West Main Street, West Haven, CT 06516
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.      Contact: Christine DePierro-Gacek (203) 937-3660 X2045
Mon. 4/28 Celebrate NIIW
Come celebrate our children’s health thanks to vaccines. The Stamford Immunization Program will be on hand to disseminate information and giveaways about immunization and will also play a video about CIRTS.
Stamford Government Center lobby, 888 Washington Blvd., Stamford, CT 06904
  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.            Contact: Cinthia Vera (203) 977-5098
Children older than infants also need regular immunizations. Parents should consider enrolling all children in the Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS).
This program can:
  • Keep permanent records of children’s immunizations (shots)
  • Let doctors keep track of their patients' immunization histories in a computerized database
  • Give parents their children’s immunization histories for daycare, school, and camp 
  • Provide parents with immunization information in the future even if they move away from Connecticut or their baby’s doctor retires.
 You will find information and registration forms at
The Connecticut Department of Public Health, 410 Capitol Avenue, PO Box 340308, Hartford, CT 06134 /  Phone:  860-509-8000. Mission Statement: To protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by:
Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy; Preventing disease, injury, and disability, and
Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.
For more information or to contact the Immunization Program, please call: 860-509-7929, during normal business hours, Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.

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