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Apr 25, 2014 2:13 PM

Health District to Observe National Infant Immunization Week

Information from the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health Department

CORPUS CHRISTI - National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to be held April 26-May 3, 2014. The purpose of the observance is to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger.

The Health District's Immunization Clinic will hold a Mini Health Fair in the Health District lobby at 1702 Horne Road from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014. Door prizes will be given away.

Dr. William Burgin, Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District's Local Health Authority states, "Local and state health departments, national immunization partners, health care professionals, community leaders from across the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together through NIIW to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children, and to call attention to immunization achievements."

Immunizations can save your child's life. Because of advances in medical science, your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children, have been eliminated completely and others are close to extinction-primarily due to safe and effective vaccines. An example of the great impact that vaccines can have is the elimination of polio in the United States. Polio was once America's most-feared disease, causing death and paralysis across the country, but today thanks to vaccination, there are no reports of polio in the United States.

Milestones reached:

  • Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
  • In the 1950s, nearly every child developed measles, and unfortunately, some even died from this serious disease. Today, few physicians just out of medical school will ever see a case of measles during their careers.
  • Routine childhood immunization in one birth cohort prevents about 20 million cases of disease and about 42,000 deaths. It also saves about $13.5 billion in direct costs.
  • The National Immunization Survey has consistently shown that childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record levels.

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