National Infant Immunization Week is April 23-30
Whether it is with car seats or baby gates, parents work hard to provide the best, safest environment for their children, yet many may not realize that one of the single most effective ways to keep their children healthy is to make sure their infant or child has been immunized properly. During the week of April 23rd – 30th, Cascade City-County Health Department is celebrating National Infant Immunization Week and is working to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases.
National Infant Immunization Week provides an excellent opportunity for healthcare and public health officials to remind parents that vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect our children and communities. Jill Boettcher, Immunization Public Health Nurse says, “Parents may receive mixed messages about the safety or importance of vaccinations. Our knowledgeable and helpful Public Health Nurses are here to assist parents in understanding the facts surrounding immunizations so they can make an informed choice.” Your child’s healthcare provider is also a good source of information about vaccinations.
Vaccines are one of the most successful and cost effective public health tools available to prevent disease. They save approximately 3 million lives a year, or nearly 10,000 per day world-wide. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reminds parents that vaccinating their child can save their child’s life, protect others in the home and community from harmful diseases, and can save time and money by reducing the costs associated with missed time from daycare, work, or visits to the doctor’s office. If an infant or child needs immunizations, these services can be provided regardless of the ability to pay.
CCHD offers convenient immunization services on a walk-in basis during the following times:
Tuesdays- 8:30-11:30 A.M. and Wednesdays through Fridays- 8:30-11:30 A.M. & 1:00-4:30 P.M.
For more information, visit CCHD’s Immunizations page.