National Infant Immunization Week: a reminder of the importance of vaccination for children
(BPT) - Immunizations have had an enormous impact in helping to improve the health of children in the United States, according the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While vaccination has helped to reduce many childhood diseases, some of these diseases still exist and could reappear if vaccination coverage wanes.
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), held this year April 20-27, serves as a great reminder to parents and caregivers that vaccines can help protect children from 14 childhood diseases by age two. NIIW is an annual observance supported by the CDC to highlight the importance of vaccination in helping to protect infants from certain diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in helping to promote healthy communities.
“Incidence of many serious childhood infections has greatly declined because of the widespread use of childhood vaccinations,“ said Dr. Patricia Samuelson, a family physician based in Sacramento. “However, if vaccination rates drop, disease rates could rise again, so it’s important that we are diligent in vaccinating to help protect children.”