Safe and Sound: National Infant Immunization Week

Safe and Sound: National Infant Immunization Week

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With the rise in measles cases across the nations a lot of people are talking about immunizations.

And with this week being National Infant Immunization Week, here’s a look at everything you need to know about your baby’s shots.

Immunizations drastically reduced infant deaths and disability caused by vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S.

By getting shots, you’re protecting your infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.

This includes chicken pox, pertussis, also known as whopping cough, and measles.

Some may think that many childhood diseases are a thing of the past.

But that isn’t true.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 71 new cases of measles in the U.S. The number of cases this year is closing in on 700, including at least three in Georgia.

The Department of Public Health wants to remind parents to protect their babies, families and communities by getting shots for their newborns .

So make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date. Just call your local health department.

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