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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2005

Vaccination: An act of love

The Kansas City, Mo., Health Department joins the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in promoting National Infant Immunization Week. National Infant Immunization Week ends April 30, and kicks off the second decade of the observation.

This year’s theme is “Vaccination: An act of love. Love them. Protect them. Immunize them.” and is intended to emphasize the importance of timely vaccinations. Immunization has been cited as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. It is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways to protect children from potentially serious diseases.

“We can now protect children from more vaccine-preventable diseases than ever before,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Kansas City, Mo., Health Department. “Nationally, millions of children have been vaccinated, and millions of cases of disease, disability and death have been prevented.”

It is recommended that children receive approximately 20 doses of vaccine to be immunized against 12 diseases before age 2.

“A substantial number of children in the United States still aren't adequately protected from vaccine-preventable diseases," Dr. Archer said. "The suffering or death of even one child from a vaccine-preventable disease is an unnecessary human tragedy. Let us renew our efforts to ensure that no child, adolescent or adult will have to needlessly suffer from a vaccine-preventable disease."

For more information about childhood immunization schedules and clinic hours, visit the Health Department’s Web page (www.kcmo.org/health).

    
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