The public health community observes the 20th anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week on April 26 – May 3. Below is information about and links to highlighting milestones achieved in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases among infants worldwide. Now is also a good time for parents to talk with their child’s doctor about getting up-to-date on vaccines—particularly as summer camps and other summer activities approach.
Childhood immunization rates are near record levels thanks to increased awareness of the importance of vaccines in preventing diseases and death. Routine childhood immunization prevents approximately 20 million cases of disease and about 42,000 deaths in the lifetime of babies born each year. It also saves about $13.5 billion in direct costs.
Parents planning to enroll their babies and young children in summer programs should ensure that their children are vaccinated against diseases like whooping cough, measles and chicken pox. Parents of older children should also be vaccinated because they’re at increased risk of not only getting diseases, but also spreading those diseases to others in the summer program community, especially babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated.
Getting children all of their vaccines as recommended by the CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health – and that of other children around them this summer.
CDC has a variety of resources available on its Vaccine Information for Parents website, including information on vaccine safety, customizable vaccine schedules, and tips for making shot visits less stressful.
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