Love Them. Protect Them. Immunize Them!
Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States. Additionally:
- Vaccination can protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
- In the 1950s, nearly every child came down with measles and, unfortunately, some died of the disease. Today, few doctors just leaving medical school will never see a case of measles in their career!
- Once a major health threat, polio has been all but eradicated in the United States.
Despite these successes, diligent efforts are still required to keep children from contracting vaccine-preventable diseases. For example, in 2010, more than 20,000 cases of whooping cough were reported in the United States; California alone reported over 8,000 cases and 10 infant deaths.
Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is critical to protect them through immunization.
Immunizations can protect your children from:
- Varicella (chickenpox)
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Many more!
Vaccines are both successful, saving over 3 million lives each year worldwide, and cost-effective.
At CCHD, no child will be denied immunizations due to inability to pay!
Making sure that your infants and children receive all recommended vaccinations is important all the time, but National Infant Immunization Week, the week of April 26-May 3, 2014, is set aside as a special time for CCHD and other health departments and health care providers around the United States and the world to celebrate the role vaccination plays in safeguarding our children and communities.
Help protect your children and the community from serious infectious diseases. Talk to a CCHD Immunizations nurse today by calling 454-6950. Visit the CCHD Immunizations page for more information.
To learn more about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/.