The first instinct of any parent is simple: keeping their child safe. From buying the best car seat to child-proofing the entire home, parents go to great lengths to ensure their child stays happy and healthy. Since 1994, the World Health Organization (WHO) has sponsored National Infant Immunization Week, encouraging parents to keep their children safe from preventable diseases through immunization. At LeBauer HealthCare, we are proud to participate in National Infant Immunization Week as we seek to inform and equip parents in our community to take this vital step in protecting their children.
What Can Infant Immunizations Prevent?
As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the release of the polio vaccine, it is impressive to see the list of once harmful, even fatal illnesses that are now preventable through vaccination. In fact, through immunization we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two. Those preventable diseases include:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Whooping cough
- Influenza (flu)
- Hib Disease (Haemophilus influenzae type b)
- Pneumococcal Disease
- Rubella (German Measles)
Opportunities for National Infant Immunization Week
Even with the wealth of information available about the benefits of infant immunization, many around the world still do not have the resources or opportunities to ensure the safety and health of their children. National Infant Immunization Week provides an opportunity to:
- Highlight the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases, especially to infants and young children, and the importance and benefits of childhood immunizations.
- Educate parents and caregivers about the importance of vaccination in protecting their children from birth against vaccine-preventable diseases.
- Focus attention on our immunization achievements and celebrate the accomplishments made possible through successful collaboration.
- Step up efforts to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases and thereby give them a healthy start in life.
- Encourage better communication between parents and healthcare professionals.
- Remind parents and caregivers they need to make and keep needed immunization appointments.
- Provide parents and caregivers with a toll-free number, 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636), to locate a facility that offers immunizations through the Vaccines for Children’s program, a federally funded program that provides vaccinations at no cost to children whose parents cannot afford to pay for them.
Want to Learn More about Infant Immunization? Visit Us Today.
Do you want to learn more about how vaccines can help your children live a healthy life? Find a LeBauer HealthCare office near you to schedule an appointment, or give us a call at 336-547-1792 today. We look forward to speaking with you.