Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Infant Immunization Week Is This Week

HHS, CDC National Infant Immunization Week April 26 - May 3, 2014 button imageThis week marks the 20th anniversary of Infant Immunization Week, which celebrates the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities.

Vaccines save lives and money. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates vaccines will prevent 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths in U.S. children born between 1994 and 2013, saving the economy $295 billion in direct costs and $1.38 trillion in total societal costs.

Texas physicians say every parent should make vaccinating their children a top priority, not only for the health of their children but also for the health of everyone around them. “Doctors provide thousands of services to patients every day — but the only medical service we provide that benefits the entire community is vaccinations,” says Jason Terk, MD, a pediatrician from Keller.

Dr. Terk knows vaccines are safe and effective. He much prefers using shots to prevent illness than seeing his patients suffer from potentially life-threatening diseases that vaccination could have prevented. When parents express their fears to him about vaccines, Dr. Terk takes the time to sit down with the parents to address the concerns and encourage them to do the right thing and vaccinate their child.

“Vaccines are one of the most important things we do to protect babies and children, and there is no connection between autism or any other neuro-developmental disorder in vaccines,” Dr. Terk says.

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