Paramus Board Of Health Announces National Infant Immunization Week
By Mel Fabrikant Saturday, March 23, 2013, 04:52 PM EDT
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the
importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities. This year NIIW will be held April 20-April 27, 2013. The campaign’s theme is “Love Them, Protect Them, Immunize Them.”
Immunizations are extremely safe. Vaccines are thoroughly tested before being approved for public use and monitored carefully by doctors, researchers, and public health officials. They not only prevent disease, they reduce the costs associated with missed time from work, doctor visits, and hospitalizations.
Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is critical to
protect them through immunization. Each day, nearly 12,000 babies are born in the United States who will need to be immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two. Immunizations not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. They are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death.
The Paramus Board of Health urges all Paramus parents to talk with their health care
providers to ensure their infant is up-to-date on immunizations. The Board of Health offers free immunizations to eligible families.
Contact the Public Health Nurses at 201-265-2100, Ext. 615 or 618 for info or to see if you are eligible.