Immunize To Protect Your Children Against Disease

It’s National Infant Immunization Week, April 24-May 1, and CHOC Children’s would like to remind parents about the importance of getting their babies fully immunized by age two.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infants and young children need to be immunized because the diseases prevented by vaccination can strike the unprotected at an early age. These diseases can be far more serious among infants and young children.

Although children receive the majority of the vaccinations, adults also need to stay up-to-date on certain vaccinations, including tetanus and diphtheria.

This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) launched “Protect Tomorrow,” an awareness campaign that educates parents on the importance of childhood immunizations. To view the AAP’s public service announcement, click here: http://www.aap.org/protecttomorrow/.

To make sure that your child is protected against all vaccine-preventable diseases, call or visit your child’s pediatrician to find out if your child’s vaccines are up-to-date. Also, check out these resources below:

For more on immunizations, and to hear what CHOC’s experts are saying, please click here:
http://www.choc.org/healthlibrary/topic.cfm?pageid=P02233

http://www.choc.org/publications/articles.cfm?id=P00303&pub=KH&aid=450

http://www.choc.org/publications/articles.cfm?id=P00303&aid=295

For a schedule of immunizations from the CDC, please click here:
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps/infants/rec-iz-babies.htm

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