Infant Immunization Week

Parents Have the “Power to Protect” Their Children – National Infant Immunization Week Celebrated April 21-28

During the week of April 21st – 28th, Cascade City-County Health Department is celebrating National Infant Immunization Week and wants to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccines are one of the most successful and cost effective public health  tools available to prevent disease. Some of these diseases can be very serious for infants or young children. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than half of infants younger than 12 months of age who get pertussis, also known as whooping cough, must be hospitalized. Of those infants with pertussis, 1 in 5 develops pneumonia, 1 in 100 has convulsions and 1 in 100 will die.

In 2011, Montana reported 134 cases of pertussis, including 10 cases among infants younger than 24 months of age.

Vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect our children and communities against illnesses such as pertussis. Jill Boettcher, Immunization Public Health Nurse says, “Parents may receive mixed messages about the safety or importance of vaccinations. Our knowledgable 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 vaccines.

CCHD reminds parents that vaccinations 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 from 8:30-11:30am and Wednesdays through Fridays from 8:30-11:30am and 1:00-4:30pm.

For more information regarding immunizations, please call 454-6950 and ask for a Public Health Nurse or visit our Immunization program online.