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Infant immunization week runs from April 16 to the 23rd and highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States.

Vaccines are the most successful and cost-effective public health tools for preventing disease and death.

Here are some important reasons to vaccinate your infant:

  1. Vaccinations can save lives.
  1. Vaccines are safe and effective – side effects are mild. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccinated are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.
  1. Immunization protects others you care about.

Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease, parents may not have heard of some of today’s vaccines or the serious diseases they prevent.

These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. That is why it is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children.

For more information, go to cdc.gov/vaccines. Continue to follow NEW Health for more health and wellness tips and info.

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