It’s National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). NIIW celebrates immunization achievements and the health of children 2 years old or younger. This year, NIIW is celebrated as part of the first World Immunization Week (WIW), an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote immunization, increase access to vaccination services, and foster cross-border immunization activities throughout the world.
Immunization is one of the best ways parents in Woodland Hills and around the world can protect their infants from 14 serious childhood diseases before age two. Make sure your child is up to date on immunizations with this schedule; 0-6yrs-immunizaton-schedule-infants-preschool (provided by CDC).
The Diseases Vaccines Prevent
The recommended immunization schedule for babies includes vaccination protection against all of the following diseases:
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Pneumococcal disease
- Rubella (German measles)
- Tetanus (lockjaw)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
Immunizations have helped to greatly improve the health of children in the United States. Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a family or a community like Woodland Hills. While most of these diseases are not common in the United States, they persist around the world. It is important that we continue to protect our children with vaccines because outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases can and do occasionally occur in this country.