A week to focus on infant immunization

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It’s National Infant Immunization Week and parents are asked to keep their kids up to date on vaccinations. 

North Dakota health professionals say you should fully immunize children 24 months and younger against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases, like measles and whooping cough. 

According to the National Immunization Survey, about 20 percent of North Dakota infants are not fully vaccinated on time.

Officials say at these young ages, kids are more vulnerable to diseases. 

 “Not only do you get immunization at 2, 4, 6, 12 to 15 months of age, but your physician will check to see if your child is developing correctly and just check on other issues including eating and safety in the home,” said Molly Howell, ND Department of Health. “So, it is very important to make appointments for well-child visits.”

According to the CDC, children vaccinated between 1994 to 2018 will prevent an estimated 419 million illnesses, a little over 26 million hospitalizations, and 936,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.

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