National Infant Immunization Week is April 23-30 and Coastal Health District officials are encouraging parents and caregivers to make sure that their children are up-to-date on vaccinations. By age 2, a child should be up-to-date on their first series of infant immunizations.
“Immunizations protect our children against a host of diseases, some of which can be life threatening,” said Beth Hausauer, R.N., Coastal Health District Immunization Coordinator. “Infants are extremely susceptible to infectious diseases and getting them immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases can help keep them well.”
Approximately 1 million children in the U.S. are not adequately immunized and nearly 12,000 children who need protection from these diseases are born every day. Most childhood vaccines produce immunity 90 to100 percent of the time.
There are 10 routine childhood vaccines that protect children from 14 different diseases:
Tdap: Protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis
MMR: Protects against measles, mumps and rubella
HepA: Protects against Hepatitis A
HepB: Protects against Hepatitis B
Hib: Protects against haemophilus influenzae type b
Flu: Protects against influenza
PCV13: Protects against pneumococcal disease
Polio: Protects against polio
RV: Protects against rotavirus
Varicella: Protects against chickenpox
For more information on immunizations schedules, go to www.gachd.org and click on Immunizations and Vaccinations under the Quick Links menu.