NATIONAL INFANT IMMUNIZATION WEEK APRIL 26 – MAY 3, 2014

NATIONAL INFANT IMMUNIZATION WEEK APRIL 26 – MAY 3, 2014

LANCASTER, OH, April 24, 2014– With the recent outbreak of mumps in Ohio it is clear that one must never become complacent about the importance of infant immunizations. It has been 50 years since the measles vaccination was released. However, in 2013 the CDC reported 189 people in the U.S. having measles; this represents the second largest number of cases in the U.S. since 1996.

When parents choose not to vaccinate or to follow a delayed schedule, children are left unprotected against diseases that still circulate in this country, like measles and whooping cough. For example, more than 48,000 cases of whooping cough were reported in the United States in 2012. During this time, 20 deaths have been reported—the majority of these deaths were in children younger than 3 months of age.

“The recommended immunization schedule is designed to offer protection early in life,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, Assistant Surgeon General and Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “when babies are vulnerable and before it’s likely they will be exposed to diseases.”

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. If parents have questions or concerns about immunizations it is important that they discuss these with their child’s doctor.

Arbor View Family Medicine Physicians are specialists in Family Practice. Their training has prepared them to handle the medical needs of both children and adults. They are one of the few regional practices that manage care of their patients in all settings, including Fairfield Medical Center. Their mission is to promote excellence in health care by providing the highest professional standards of care. Arbor View Family Medicine has been providing care to the families of Lancaster and surrounding communities since 1997. They care for each patient with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.

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