April 21, 2010
National Infant Immunization Week
Love Them. Protect Them. Immunize Them.
Uniondale, NY – In recognition of National Infant Immunization Week, April 24 – May 1, 2010, Nassau County Department of Health highlights this important week by reminding parents of the critical role vaccinations provide in safeguarding their children. Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is vital to protect them through vaccination.
“Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death, said Dr. Maria Torroella Carney, Commissioner of Health. “We can now protect our children from more vaccine-preventable diseases than ever before.”
Each year, over 15,000 babies are born in Nassau County who will need to be immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two. Immunizations are a shared responsibility. Families, healthcare providers and public health officials must work together in educating the public about the important role that immunizations provide in protecting communities against the spread of infectious diseases.
Parents are encouraged to talk to their healthcare provider to ensure that their child is up-to-date on immunizations. Immunizations are one of the most important ways parents can protect their children against serious diseases.
Additional information and vaccination schedules may be obtained by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s web site at www.cdc.gov/vaccines, or by calling the Nassau County Department of Health Immunization Hotline weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at 516.227.9416.