Mono County

PROTECT YOUR BABY, Immunization Awareness Week, Mono Co. Health Dept.

Date/Time: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 8:00am to Friday, August 30, 2013 - 5:00pm

Babies from Birth to Age 2

Vaccines give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children against 14 serious diseases before they turn 2 years old. Every dose of vaccine is important to protect against infectious diseases like the flu, measles and whooping cough (pertussis) that can be life-threatening for newborns and young babies. You can provide the best protection by following the recommended immunization schedule – giving your baby every vaccine she needs, when she needs it – and by making sure those who will be around your baby are vaccinated, too.

Pregnancy is a great time to plan for your baby’s immunizations – and to make sure you have the vaccines you need to protect yourself and pass protection from some diseases to your baby during the first few months of life. In addition to the vaccines recommended for adults, women need to have a flu shot every year, and the Tdap vaccine to protect against whooping cough with every pregnancy.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is often thought of as a disease of the past. While we no longer see the number of cases we did before the vaccine was available, it is a growing health concern. The U.S. experienced a nearly 60-year record high number of cases in 2012, with preliminary data showing more than 41,000 reported cases and 18 deaths.

For more information on vaccines go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html or refer to Public Health Immunization Clinic Schedule @ http://monohealth.com/public-health/page/immunization-program or call 760.924.1830 for an appointment.