National Immunization Awareness Month: Babies and Young Children

This August, Blue Hills is proud to promote National Immunization Awareness Month (or NIAM). This campaign was established to help promote the education and importance of vaccinations and to make sure all ages are up to date on their vaccinations. Each week of the month focuses on a different age group: school-age children, pregnant women, babies and young children, preteens and teens, and adults.

This week's main topic is about immunizations for babies and young children. Vaccines give parents the power to protect their children from very serious disease. Vaccines protect babies from 14 diseases by the time they reach 2 years of age. It is extremely important that babies receive all doses of each vaccine and receive each vaccines at the right time.

Child care facilities, preschool programs, and schools are very prone to disease outbreaks. Children can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hygiene such as inadequate hand washing and not covering their coughs and sneezes properly.

Children who are not vaccinated are not only only are risk for diseases, but they can also spread disease to others - including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people who might not be able to receive vaccines due to other health conditions.

Quick Key Facts:

  • Vaccines give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious diseases.

  • Most parents choose the safe, proven protection of vaccines and vaccinate their children according to the recommended schedule.

  • It's easy to think of these as diseases of the past. Most young parents in the US have never seen the devastating effects that diseases like measles or whooping cough can have on a family or community. The truth is they still exist.

  • Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives. Following the recommended schedule offers the best protection.

  • Talk to your doctor or other health care professional to make sure your children get the vaccinations they need when they need them.

  • Vaccines are very safe. Click the following links to learn more about how vaccines are made. Journey of your Child's Vaccine and Making the Vaccine Decision

  • Protecting your children from preventable diseases will help keep them healthy and in school.

If you have questions, your Blue Hills doctors are ready and happy to help! Call our office to schedule an appointment.