Infant immunization week warns parents against deadly diseases

Infant immunization week warns parents against deadly diseases
Baby gets vaccinated to protect against various diseases (Source: WALB)
Whooping cough or pertussis is one of the deadly 14 preventable diseases newborns can get (Source: WALB)
Whooping cough or pertussis is one of the deadly 14 preventable diseases newborns can get (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Every new mother wants her newborn baby to be healthy.

Health departments across Southwest Georgia are urging parents to make sure they get their babies immunized.

Infants and children can be protected from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases by age two.

Immunizations have drastically reduced infant deaths and disability caused by vaccine-preventable diseases in America.

Chicken Pox, Measles, and Pertussis-- also known as whooping cough-- are just a few of the 14 diseases that you can protect your newborn child against.

In the Southwest Georgia health district, there have been multiple cases of Pertussis in Dougherty County alone.

Pertussis is highly contagious and can lead to serious complications that can be deadly to infants.

Now the Department of Public Health wants to remind parents to protect their babies, families and communities, by getting their newborns immunized.

It's never too late to get your children vaccinated.

You can check with your public health department about immunizations any time.

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