National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week 2013

April 20–27, 2013
Immunization. Power to Protect.

(BINGHAMTON, NY) - National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities. This year NIIW will be held April 20 – April 27, 2013. The campaign’s theme is “Immunization. Power to Protect.”

Immunizations are important because they protect infants from serious illnesses and potentially life threatening diseases, such as diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and polio. 
 
Vaccines are a safe and effect way for parents to protect their children from early childhood diseases. Years of testing are required before a vaccine can be approved and used. There can be mild side effects from vaccines; most commonly soreness or redness at the site of the shot along with slight fever and/or fussiness for 1-2 days after the vaccine is administered. Serious complications from vaccines are rare, and the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risk of major problems. Today there are 14 vaccine-preventable diseases that children should receive immunization for before the age of two.
 
Failure to vaccinate may mean putting children at risk for serious diseases. To find out if your infant or toddler is up-to-date with their immunizations, check with their medical provider. 
 
If your child needs a vaccination, call your child’s healthcare provider. If your child does not have a health care provider and needs an immunization, contact the Broome County Health Department at 607.778.2839 to make an immunization appointment.
 
If you go to a private doctor for your child’s vaccinations, costs for the vaccines may be covered by your health insurance. For children who are enrolled in Medicaid; don’t have health insurance, or who are American Indian or Alaska Native, a program called “Vaccines for Children” (VFC) provides vaccines at no cost for children. You may, however, have to pay a small fee for the nurse to give the vaccine.
04/22/2013 - 9:29am