Health departments reminding parents to get children vaccinated

Henrietta Strickland
April 25, 2018

National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.

Two-thirds of unvaccinated children live in fragile or conflict-affected countries, including Syria, which saw the sharpest decline in inoculated children between 2010 and 2016.

"The provision of immunisation vaccines is one of the most important and cost-effective public health interventions in preventing diseases and a step towards tackling global health issues", said the minister.

The disease-prevention benefits of vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for most children, the CDC says, and vaccination is the best way to protect others from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Sudan, Philippines, Mexico and Vietnam were among those driving most of this decade's immunization coverage gains.

The top 10 countries where vaccination coverage has increased between 2010 and 2016 are Palau, Malta, DRC, Comoros, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Timor-Leste, Barbados, Costa Rica and India.

"By coming together to ensure that families and the rest of society receive the appropriate vaccinations, our nation can accomplish the mission of "Protected Together, #VaccinesWork" - the theme of this year's World Immunisation Week", said the minister in his statement.

"We continue to work with governments on the ground, including in places affected by conflict, in support of these unsung heroes who take on this extremely risky work to save lives", Dr. Nandy said.

With this week marking National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW, ) Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale Health Departments are urging parents to get their babies vaccinated and make sure they are up-to-date on their immunization schedules.

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