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National Infant Immunization Week: April 21-28, 2018

Author: Jacquelyn Langdon/Thursday, April 5, 2018/Categories: Health

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National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger. Keeping babies safe and healthy after they are born is a parent’s most important responsibility. Through immunization, we can protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.  

 

Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children are no longer common in the United States, primarily due to safe and effective vaccines.  It’s easy to think of these diseases as diseases of the past but they still exist.  It’s important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life. Vaccine-preventable diseases still circulate in the US and around the world. Continued vaccination is necessary to keep outbreaks from happening.  Some diseases are rare in the US, but diseases such as measles and polio can still be brought into the county by unvaccinated individuals, putting unvaccinated people at risk.

 

Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They protect children and adults and entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. The United States’ long-standing vaccine safety system ensures that vaccines are safe and effective. As new information and science become available, vaccine recommendations are updated and improved.  Some vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and cause financial burdens because of lost time at work, medical bills or long-term disability.  In contrast, vaccines are a good investment and are usually covered by insurance.  The federally funded Vaccines for Children (VFC) program can also assist uninsured and underinsured families by providing vaccines free of charge to qualifying children. To help keep children safe, it is important that you and other family members are fully immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.  With increased vaccination rates for children and adults, some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm children.  

 

For more information about the importance of infant immunizations, visit the CDC's vaccine website for parents.  You can view easy-to-read immunization schedules, an immunization tracker, videos, fact sheets and public service announcements by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/resources/childhood.html.

 

If you would like to schedule an appointment for you or child to receive immunizations, call the Niagara County Department of Health’s Immunization Program at (716) 278-1903.

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