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Published on April 20, 2015

Infant Immunization: Why Vaccinating Children is Essential

National Infant Immunization Week takes place April 18 – 25, 2015 throughout the country. The day was created to raise awareness of the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases as health care partners, like Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare work to promote healthy communities.

“Immunizations are crucial to preventing disease,” explains Dr. Margaret Hennessy, a Pediatrician and Chairperson for the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Immunization Committee. “There are many reasons to vaccinate infants and young children, one of the most important being the ability to keep your own children and others safe by preventing the spread of disease from person to person.”

Key Points to Know About Vaccinating Infants

  • Vaccines are safe and effective for children and adults
  • Receiving vaccinations on time is the best approach to ensuring immunity
  • Skipping vaccinations is NOT risk-free

Recommended Vaccines

Many vaccines are administered beginning at birth and scheduled throughout the early years of a child’s life. To provide the best results against childhood diseases, parents and guardians should follow a regular schedule and guidelines for these vaccinations:

  • Meningococcal (MCV4)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Polio
  • DTaP (protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis – whopping cough)
  • MMR (protects against measles, mumps, and rubella)
  • Rotavirus
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza (protects against annual flu viruses)
  • Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal (PCV13)
  • Varicella (protects against chickenpox)

Take our Infant Immunization Quiz to test your knowledge of vaccinations against a variety of diseases that can affect your child.

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Infant Immunization: Why Vaccinating Children is Essential