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National Infant Immunization Week

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As part of National Infant Immunization week, parents are being urged to make sure their infants and babies are up to date with their vaccinations.

Abbi Pierce with the North Dakota Department of Health says the immunization schedule can be complicated and parents might not always know if their child is up to date.

Pierce says the diseases can be very dangerous for infants who aren't up to date on their vaccines.

"A lot of families and even Physicians haven't seen a lot of the illnesses that vaccines protect against because we have vaccines so people don't get sick with these diseases, so they kind of forget how important the vaccinations are and how serious those diseases are, a lot of times infants are the ones that are going to suffer the most severe consequences including hospitalizations and deaths from these diseases," Abbi Pierce said.

If you'd like to find out if your child is up to date just contact your healthcare provider or county public health office.

The Department of Health is also making phone calls for adolescents who are past due for immunizations --- Pierce says this is not a scam, it's just part of their reminder/recall program.

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