First word and steps are some of the many childhood milestones. Parents and caregivers do a lot to keep their babies safe and healthy. Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants from diseases. National Infant Immunization Week celebrates the role vaccinations play in protecting our children, communities and public health.
Immunizations are recommended for all children starting at birth. Routine vaccination can protect a child from 14 diseases by age 2. Before the measles vaccine in 1963, almost every child had the disease. Now with vaccinations, many current doctors have never seen a case of measles. Today, vaccinations have prevented nearly 20 million people from disease.
Everyone has a role when it comes to improving health in Virginia. If you are a parent or caregiver:
- Talk with your child’s healthcare provider to have your questions about vaccination answered.
- Keep your child up to date on their vaccines.
- Keep all appointments for vaccines to ensure your child is fully protected. Some vaccines are given as part of a series over time.
- While you are at it, make sure you are up to date with vaccines recommended for you.
- Vaccines are safe, effective and proven to be one of the most effective ways to keep from getting sick. Give your kids a strong start for a healthy future.
- About vaccines, the diseases they prevent and when you should get them. http://www.vaccineinformation.org/
- If you do not have insurance or cannot afford the cost of vaccines, there are programs that can help. The Vaccines for Children program provides vaccines to uninsured and other qualified children. Call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) to find a Vaccines for Children program near you.