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National Infant Immunization Week April 21-April 28, 2012

Author: SuperUser Account/Thursday, April 19, 2012/Categories: General

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The Niagara County Health Department will be observing National Infant Immunization Week April 21-
28, 2012. National Infant Immunization Week 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.
Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases. Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death
and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States. By vaccinating infants and children,
we can now protect them from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before the age of two.
Without diligent efforts to maintain immunization programs in the United States and to strengthen them
worldwide, vaccine preventable diseases will remain a threat to children. Families, health care
professionals and public health officials must work together to help protect the entire community.
Vaccine-preventable diseases still circulate in the United States and around the world, so continued
vaccination is necessary to protect everyone from potential outbreaks. One example of the seriousness of
vaccine-preventable diseases was the California whooping cough epidemic of 2010, resulting in the
death of 10 infants.
National Infant Immunization Week provides an opportunity to highlight the dangers of vaccine –
preventable disease that can affect infants and young children. Because of the success of vaccines in
preventing disease, parents often are unaware that their children are at risk for so many serious and lifethreatening diseases. Parents and caregivers need to be educated about the importance of childhood
immunizations to protect their children and give them a healthy start in life.
The Niagara County Department of Health is offering free Tdap vaccine to uninsured adults 19 and
older. Anyone having contact with young infants should be immunized with Tdap vaccine to protect
them against this vaccine preventable disease.
The Niagara County Department of Health offers immunizations to children up to age 19 through the
Vaccines for Children’s Program. Immunization clinics are held in Niagara Falls and Lockport.
Appointments can be made by calling 278-1903. Protect yourself, your community and those you love! Read The Official Press Release Here

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