Influenza, pertussis (whooping cough) and measles are just a few of the infectious diseases still plaguing babies and adults in parts of the U.S. today. But fortunately, these are preventable by vaccines, the March of Dimes said, as it celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and its ongoing work to help all babies get a healthy start in life.
More than 4 million babies were born last year in America, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one of them through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.
“Immunizations are as important today as they were in the 1950s when the March of Dimes delivered the first vaccines against polio” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Back-to-school season is a perfect time to make sure that immunization records are up to date and the health of children is protected.”
The March of Dimes, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and eight other agencies, urges all pregnant women to get their annual flu shot in the fall. The normal biological changes of pregnancy put pregnant women at increased risk of the harmful effects of flu infection. Recent research suggests that the flu vaccine may also lower a woman’s risk of having a stillbirth or miscarriage.
As always, the March of Dimes encourages parents to ensure their children get all their vaccinations on schedule. Schools require students to be immunized before attending classes.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the CDC recommends children ages 0 to 6 have immunizations to protect against the following diseases: hepatitis B (HepB vaccine), rotavirus (RV vaccine), diphtheria (DTaP vaccine), haemophilus influenza (hib vaccine), pneumococcal (PCV vaccine), polio (IPV vaccine), influenza (flu vaccine on a yearly basis), mumps (MMR vaccine), chickenpox (varicella vaccine), hepatitis A (HepA vaccine).
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