National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance that brings to light the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of the immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States.
Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
Vaccinations are safe and have been proven to prevent serious diseases. “Giving babies the recommended immunization by age two is the best way to protect them from serious childhood diseases,” said Dr. Wegehaupt, pediatrician with Ministry Medical Group-Northern Region. Parents are encouraged to talk to health care providers to ensure a child is up-to-date on immunizations.
Local health departments offer vaccinations that are available at no charge to eligible children through the Vaccine for Children program.