FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This Saturday is the start of National Infant Immunization Week, an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable disease. Dr. Annette St. Pierre-Mackoul joined WINK News This Morning to discuss.
During National Infant Immunization Week, healthy communities throughout the U.S. are promoted and the achievements of immunization programs are celebrated.
Immunizing is a shared responsibility between families, healthcare professionals, and public health officials.
Immunizations protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
Routine immunizations prevent 20 million cases of disease and 42,000 deaths in the US each year.
Immunizations saves $13.5 billion in direct cost of diseases per year.
Children rely on adults to keep them safe and healthy.
Adults can be parents / guardians, doctors / healthcare professionals.
These diseases still exist!
Recent Measles outbreak is concerning!
Small minority do not vaccinate.
Vaccines are safe!
Vaccines are necessary!
Vaccines save lives!
Look at scientific evidence and facts about vaccines.
Do not listen to the vocal minority!
Be your child's advocate!
The ABC's of Vaccines:
Prevnar 13 / Pneumovax
HPV / Cervarix