Back-to-School Health #4: Immunizations & Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Published on Aug 27, 2018 at 01:02p.m.

Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Immunization is a shared responsibility. Families, healthcare professionals, and public health officials must work together to help protect the entire community.

Due to the success of vaccines in preventing disease, parents may not have heard of some of today's vaccines or the serious diseases they prevent. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. That is why it is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. When parents choose not to vaccinate or to follow a delayed schedule, children are left unprotected against diseases that still circulate in this country. For example, in 2012, more than 50 people were reported to have measles. In addition, in 2012, preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 41,000 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in the US, including 18 deaths. Most of these deaths were in children younger than 1 year old. This was the highest number of pertussis cases in any one year in the US since 1955. Staying on track with the immunization schedule ensures that children have the best protection against diseases like these by age two.

To view the infant vaccination and immunization schedule, please see the following attachment:

The Township of Teaneck offers a Child Health Clinic coordinated with Holy Name Medical Center.  For more information on such and eligibility, please call our Public Health Nurse at (201) 227-6251 or by e-mail at:   

Also, see links below for information on a variety of vaccines and their related diseases:

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