Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
National Infant Immunization Week
(KUTV) Saturday marked the beginning of National Infant Immunization Week. The week not only highlights the importance of immunizations, but also celebrates the lives saved. In the last 100 years, immunizations have been credited with saving more than 160 million lives.
Utah is below the national average when it comes to immunizing children against diseases such as: influenza, hepatitis and pertussis. Doctor William Cosgrove is a pediatrician at Cottonwood Pediatrics in Murray. He says the biggest problem is parents become complacent with their child’s vaccination schedule. “Not immunizing your child is like not buckling your child into a car seat,” said Dr. Cosgrove. “You might get away with it for a while. Again, the right thing to do is give our children the best protections we have.”
There are a number of resources available for parents. You should first talk to your child’s pediatrician. If you don’t have health insurance, there are resources available to parents.
For more information, visit: http://www.immunize-utah.org/
You can also visit, http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/
For more information on Baby Your Baby, visit: www.babyyourbaby.org
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