We are in the midst of National Infant Immunization Week. It's a time meant to highlight the importance of protecting babies from vaccine-preventable diseases, like the measles which has seen a resurgence.
In fact, according to the CDC, measles have infected 129 people in 13 states. That is the most in 4 months of any year since 1996.
Jennifer Elmore of The Florida Department of Health In Bay County joined us Tuesday morning with more on why it's important to have your child vaccinated, not only for their health, but also the health of others.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. VFC helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them
Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
Most parents choose the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child's doctor to ensure that their infant is up-to-date on immunizations.