Children’s Hospital Offers Tips About Infant Immunization

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Offers Tips About Infant Immunization

Posted on 4/17/2015

In Recognition of National Infant Immunization Week, April 18-25, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Offers Tips for Parents About Infant Immunization and Its Importance

Infant Immunization Protects Children From Preventable Diseases

COLUMBIA, S.C.— In recognition of National Infant Immunization Week, April 18-25, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital offers tips for parents about infant immunization and its importance. Palmetto Health encourages parents to protect their young children through immunization. According to the Center for Disease Control, every day nearly 12,000 babies are born in the United States who will need to be immunized before age two against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.

Anna-Kathryn Rye, M.D., infectious disease physician at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, lists tips for parents, explaining why immunization is so important. Tips also can be found on the Centers for Disease Control’s website.

  1. Babies’ immunity goes away. Newborn babies have passive immunity to many diseases because they have antibodies they received from their mother. However, this immunity goes away during the first year of life.
  2. Prevent against strong, potentially fatal diseases. If an unvaccinated child is exposed to a disease germ, their body may not be strong enough to fight the disease. Diseases such as whooping cough and measles are less common these days because vaccines protect so many babies against them.
  3. Protect the health of our community. There are certain people, such as children too young to be vaccinated or those who cannot receive vaccines for medical reasons, whose health would be at risk.
  4. Costly impact for families. Vaccine-preventable diseases result in doctor’s visits and hospitalizations and can also cause parents to lose time from work.
  5. Protect our future. If we keep vaccinating now, parents in the future may be able to trust that diseases like measles and whooping cough will not exist and have the ability to negatively impact our children. 

For more information about infant immunization, visit www.cdc.gov. If your child needs to be immunized or you would like to speak with a physician to receive more information about immunization, visit PalmettoHealth.org/ChildrensHospital or call 803-296-2273. 

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About Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital was South Carolina’s first pediatric hospital. Each year, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital treats more than 80,000 sick and injured children. As a major pediatric referral center, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital maintains more than 30 medical subspecialties devoted strictly to children. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org/ChildrensHospital.

 

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