Common Street Health Center Vaccinates for LIfe

National Infant immunization Week — April 23-30

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2011
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281
 
RUTLAND – Madeline Harrison, RN, of the  Common Street Health Center credits parents of the 150 young children they see  regularly as the reason for achieving a 90 percent childhood vaccination  rate.
 
“Our parents are very good about getting their children  vaccinated during their well child check-ups,” Harrison said. “And we  continually monitor patient immunization records. Even if they come in for a  cold, we strongly recommend immunization, if needed.”
 
Common  Street Health Center is connected to the Vermont Department of Health’s  Immunization Registry, which allows providers to easily check and make sure  each patient is up to date with their vaccinations.
 
Vaccines for  young children now protect against 14 serious diseases: diphtheria, tetanus,  pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, polio, Hib (haemophilus influenzae  type B), varicella (chickenpox), measles, mumps, rubella, pneumococcal  disease, hepatitis A, rotovirus and influenza.
 
Although most  children in Vermont have had most of their vaccinations, just over 60 percent  of young children have had all of the doses for all of the vaccines  recommended for their age group.
 
Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable  diseases are especially dangerous for the very young, the very old, and people  with weakened immune systems. California is experiencing the largest spread of  pertussis (whooping cough) in 60 years.  The World Health Organization  has just warned of rising numbers of measles cases spreading across 24  countries in Europe. Measles cases are now being reported in pockets of  Minnesota, Utah, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Quebec.
 
That’s  why it’s so important that nearly everyone is fully  vaccinated.
 
“The parents really are doing a good job,” said  Harrison.
 
Vaccinate for Life is a statewide effort to  provide the most accurate information about the importance and safety of  vaccines, and to protect both children and adults from vaccine-preventable  diseases.  If you have questions about vaccinations, ask your health care  provider, check the Vermont Department of Health’s website healthvermont.gov our new Facebook page ‘Healthy Vermont Families’, follow us on Twitter, or call our immunization program toll-free at 1-800-640-4374.

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