Pella Chronicle

April 26, 2012

National Infant Immunization Week

The Chronicle

Pella —

Immunization Schedule:

2 months: Pediarix (Hepatitis B, Polio, DTaP), HIB, Prevnar, Rotovirus

4 months: Pediarix, HIB, Prevnar, Rotovirus

6 months: Pediarix, Prevnar, HIB, Rotovirus

12 months: HIB, Varicella, Hemoglobin and/or lead test, Hepatitis A

15 months: DTap, MMR, Prevnar

18 months: Hepatitis A

4–6 years: DTaP, Polio, MMR, Varicella

11–12 years: Adacel, Menactra, Gardasil

16 –18 years: 2nd dose Menactra

National Infant Immunization Week is April 21-28 under the continuing motto of “Love Them, Protect Them, Immunize Them.” National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance that showcases the importance of protecting infants form vaccine-preventable diseases.

Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States.

“The fact that we don’t see certain diseases anymore doesn’t mean they no longer exist, it simply means the vaccines are working. They will continue to work, however, only as long as we continue to immunize our children,” said Dr. Craig Wittenberg, family medicine physician who also practices obstetrics in Pella and Knoxville.

Without the vast efforts to maintain and strengthen immunization programs both in the U.S. and worldwide, vaccine-preventable diseases will remain a threat to children. Take action today and make sure your infant’s vaccinations are up to date.

“I think people have forgotten how truly horrible many of these diseases are because the vaccines have been so successful. All parents want to protect their children from harm and illness. Thankfully, we can prevent harm to our children by immunizing them against contagious, preventable and sometimes deadly diseases,” said Wittenberg.