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National Infant Immunization Week

April 22nd – 29th

 

 

Every expectant mom hopes her baby will be born healthy.  And when that child is born, the journey to good health begins.  During National Infant Immunization Week, and every day, your local health department can provide vaccines for your child as an infant and through all the stages in their life. 

 

It's easy to think of many diseases as part of the past. But the truth is they still exist. Children in the United States can—and do—still get some of these diseases.  But immunizations have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States.  By following current immunization schedules, we can protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases by age two. 

 

Pertussis- or whooping cough- is one of these. This disease is a very serious respiratory (in the lungs and breathing tubes) infection caused by the pertussis bacteria. It causes violent coughing you can’t stop. Whooping cough is most harmful for young babies and can be deadly. From 2000 through 2014, there were 277 deaths from whooping cough reported in the United States. Almost all the deaths (241 of the 277) were babies younger than 3 months of age, who are too young to be protected against whooping cough by getting immunized.  Pregnant women in their third trimester are recommended to have a Tdap vaccine to help protect their baby from the time they are born, until they receive the first DTaP immunization.

 

National Infant Immunization Week provides an opportunity to highlight the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases, especially to infants and young children.  It’s also a time to educate parents and caregivers about the importance of vaccinations, so children will have a healthy start in life

 

The health departments in the 16 counties of the West Central Health District remind you to protect your child, your family and your community.  Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date.  No appointment is needed for immunizations, and some insurance plans are accepted.  For children who are underinsured or whose parents/guardians may not be able to afford vaccines, an assistance program called Vaccines for Children (VFC), provides eligible children with vaccines according to the recommended immunization schedule, at no cost for the vaccines. Visit www.westcentralhealthdistrict.com  to find the location nearest you.  For more information about immunizations and recommendations, visit  www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents.

 

 
 
     

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