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National Infant Immunization week April 21-28

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 21-28, 2018. It is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger. "During NIIW, we celebrate the success of immunizat...

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 21-28, 2018. It is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger. "During NIIW, we celebrate the success of immunizations in preventing deadly diseases," said Denise Sjodin, Crow Wing County Public Health Nurse and Child & Teen Checkup Coordinator. "Maintaining high immunization rates by vaccinating on time, every time is the key to keeping dangerous diseases away from our communities."

Several important milestones already have been reached in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases among infants worldwide. Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States. In addition:

• Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.

• In the 1950's, nearly every child developed measles, and unfortunately, some died from this serious disease. Today, many practicing physicians have never seen a case of measles.

• Routine childhood immunization prevents an estimated 381 million illnesses, 24.5 million hospitalizations, and 855,000 early deaths over the course of their lifetimes, at a net savings of $360 billion in direct costs and $1.65 trillion in total societal costs.

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• The National Immunization Survey has consistently shown that childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record levels.

• Immunizations are a regular part of a full Child & Teen Checkup.

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