Pediatric Clinic Encourages Immunizations in Recognition of National Infant Immunization Week April 21-28
National Infant Immunization Week is April 21-28, and The Pediatric Clinic, a service of Hattiesburg Clinic, is stressing the important role vaccinations play in protecting children and communities from serious diseases.
“Immunization is a major part of preventing illness and disease among children in our community and has been for many years,” said Anita Henderson, MD, pediatrician at The Pediatric Clinic. “As health care providers, we want to see our young patients grow into healthy adults, and early immunization is the first step towards that.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccinating your infant based on the recommended immunization schedule gives him or her the best protection against 14 serious childhood illnesses before age 2.
Vaccines can protect against (Links below refer you to CDC.gov external website content):
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Pneumococcal disease
- Rubella (German measles)
- Tetanus (lockjaw)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
Although the United States occasionally experiences outbreaks of some vaccine-preventable diseases, the spread usually slows or stops because most people are vaccinated or protected through immunity against the disease, says the CDC. If infants and children aren’t adequately vaccinated, a few cases could very quickly turn into thousands of cases.
For this reason, the CDC recommends vaccinating on time, every time. You can find an immunization schedule here that indicates the age or age range when each vaccine or series of shots is recommended.
The Pediatric Clinic offers infant and childhood vaccinations as part of its services. Members of the medical staff are available to answer questions you may have about immunizing your child.
For more information about infant immunizations or to schedule an appointment, please call (601) 579-3000.