It’s National Infant Immunization Week; children not vaccinated 23 times more likely to get whooping cough

April 21-28 is National Infant Immunization Week and the Latin Chamber of Commerce would like to remind parents to get their infants vaccinated. Why? Because each year children die from easily-preventable diseases such as pertussis (whooping cough) or pneumonia.

In fact, according to a May 2009 study led by a vaccine research team at Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Institute for Health Research which ran in the June 2009 issue of the journal “Pediatrics,” children who aren’t vaccinated are 23 times more likely to get whooping cough compared to fully immunized children.

National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children 2 years old or younger.

A onesheet of recommended vaccines – available in English and Spanish – can be found on the CDC’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/ed-resources.html. The Latin Chamber recommends parents print out the onesheet and place it somewhere that’s easily findable to ensure their children don’t get behind on their vaccines.

Some of the recommended vaccines include: pneumococcal; Hepatitis B; measles, mumps, rubella; and Varicella.

According to the CDC’s website, this year’s National Infant Immunization Week will be celebrated as part of the first World Immunization Week, an initiative of the World Health Organization. During World Immunization Week, all six World Health Organization regions, including more than 180 member states, territories and areas, will simultaneously promote immunization, advance equity in the use of vaccines and universal access to vaccination services, and enable cooperation on cross-border immunization activities in April.

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  • las artes commented on May 14, 2012 Reply

    Immunizations save lives and prevent common but serious illnesses, diseases that are rare but still exist, and diseases common in other parts of the world. Make sure your immunizations are up-to-date , especially if you take care of children or the elderly. For the best protection against diseases, immunize your baby on time by following the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule . This schedule protects kids against 14 diseases!

  • Zulma Duttinger commented on November 7, 2012 Reply

    Mumps is a very painfull disease, when i get it, i always use some cold compress to relieve the pain. ;

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