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National Infant Immunization Week

April 29, 2019--11:08 a.m.

HOMETOWN HEADLINES

This is National Infant Immunization Week, a time to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine preventable diseases.

Janet Eberhart, Director of Immunizations with the Health Department, was a guest on Monday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition with John Druckenmiller.

She said the week also celebrates the achievements that immunization programs have had in promoting healthy communities and provides an opportunity to educate parents and caregivers about vaccinations.

“You know it’s easy to think that these diseases are in the past but the truth is, they’re not,” she said. “We’re seeing a resurgence of some of these like pertussis, measles and hepatitis A in our area. “

Eberhart said that infants, like the elderly, are especially vulnerable to these diseases.

“The first vaccine that an infant gets is the birth dose of the hep B,” she said. “They don’t get their next set of shots until they turn two months old, so that’s why it’s so crucial for us as a community to be vaccinated ourselves and protect them. Because they are small, it’s easier for them to have many more complications from these diseases that we can spread to them.”

Parents with questions can contact Eberhart at (706) 802-5623 or contact their pediatrician to learn more.