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Child and Adolescent Health

CDC Presents New Childhood Immunization Campaign Resources
The CDC has created new resources to educate parents and health care professionals about the recommended immunization schedule, the benefits of vaccination and vaccine safety to help ensure vaccination rates remain high. Developed by CDC, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), these materials for providers help health care professionals stay current on vaccine topics; strengthen communication with parents; and share up-to-date, easy-to-use information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases with parents. CDC’s newly redesigned vaccine website for parents clearly explains the benefits of vaccines, the 16 vaccine-preventable diseases, the recommended immunization schedule, possible vaccine side effects, how to comfort a baby during vaccine visits and more. New 30-second television PSAs and 30-second and 60-second radio PSAs promote the benefits of vaccination to English and Spanish-speaking parents of children under two years of age. For more information about the campaign materials, email

Women’s and Infant Health

NBDPN Highlights Awareness Campaign Resources for National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Birth defects are a leading cause of death in infants and young children. However, the cause of most birth defects remains unknown. Preventing birth defects and leveraging intervention services for families in need are important public health priorities that require a sustained commitment of resources. In the U.S., every four and a half minutes a baby is born with a birth defect. The National Birth Defect Prevention Network’s (NBDPN) Parent Advisory Group has spearheaded the 2013 Birth Defects Awareness Campaign with the development of a public service announcement (PSA) video that is available, free of charge, in both English and Spanish. To view and download the PSA,
click here. To view additional education materials and resources, including educational posters and brochures, to support 2013 Birth Defects Prevention Month activities, click here.