Published: Apr 24, 2014 8:32 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 24, 2014 8:00 PM EDT

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.

Facts:

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.
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Philosophy:
 
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.
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Not Controversial:
 
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!
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The ABC's of Vaccines:
 
DTaP
Polio
HIB
Prevnar 13 / Pneumovax
Rotavirus
Influenza
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis A
MMR
Varicella
Meningitis
HPV / Cervarix
Tdap
Shingles