DCHD supports infant immunizations and their power to protect

Mon April 20, 2015

The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) is joining public health agencies throughout the United States in support of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) from April 18-25.

NIIW is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs throughout the nation.

When the NIIW observance was established in 1994, immunization programs were facing significant challenges.  The nation was in the midst of a serious measles outbreak and communities across the U.S. were seeing decreasing immunization rates among children.

NIIW provided an opportunity to draw attention to these issues and to focus on solutions.  Communities have continued to use the week each year to raise awareness about the importance of ensuring all children are fully protected from vaccine preventable diseases through immunization.  Today, many immunization programs, partners and communities can celebrate high infant immunization rates.  

Recent measles activity in the northern Illinois region, however, underscores the importance of prevention through timely vaccination.

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, which is offered at the DCHD, provides vaccines to children who are underinsured or whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them.  The VFC program helps children get their vaccines according to the recommended immunization schedule and has contributed directly to a substantial increase in childhood immunization coverage levels, making a significant contribution to the elimination of disparities in vaccination coverage among young children.

Call the DCHD at (630) 682-7400 for information on the VFC program. We remind everyone that vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. 

 



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