The best vaccine for children from 14 severe childhood illnesses, such as whooping cough and whooping measles, is to provide babies with the recommended vaccine. In recent decades, we have seen an increase in cases and outbreaks of whooping cough. More than 15,000 cases of whooping cough were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016. Whooping cough can be fatal, especially for young babies who are too young to be protected by their own vaccine. Since 2010, there have been between 1
Healthcare professionals remain the most trusted source of information for parents about vaccines for their children. They play an important role in helping parents understand and choose vaccines. Due to the success of disease prevention vaccines, parents may not have heard of the serious diseases that prevent them. These diseases can be particularly serious for infants and young children.
For example, in 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases with 667 cases from 27 states. This is the largest number of cases since measles elimination in the US was documented in 2000. Most people were unvaccinated and had measles in the US after being exposed to measles in another country.
It is very important that adults understand that protecting babies from serious illnesses such as whooping cough (pertussis) begins before they are born. All pregnant women are advised to receive the pertussis vaccine (Tdap) during each pregnancy. The recommended time for admission is 27th to 36th week of pregnancy, preferably during the first half of this period. This will help protect babies from whooping cough until they can get their first whooping cough vaccine after 2 months. In addition, every beloved infant or carer of the young baby should also receive a Tdap vaccine.
Once a baby is born, it is important for parents and healthcare providers to follow the recommended vaccination plan to protect infants and children through immunity early in life before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening illnesses. Vaccine-preventable diseases are still present in the United States and around the world, so continued vaccination is needed to protect everyone from possible outbreaks.
Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools for the prevention of disease and death. Not only do they protect vaccinated individuals, they also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases
There are programs that offer vaccinations to children free of charge that otherwise might not be vaccinated for inability. The Vaccines For Children program is a government-funded program that helps children receive their vaccines according to the recommended vaccination schedule. It has helped to increase the protective coverage of child vaccinations, which has a major impact on the elimination of gaps in the vaccination of infants.
The Cayuga Ministry of Health is involved in the Children's Vaccines program and stocks a variety of vaccines. We also participate in the Adult Vaccines program, which is similar to the VFC program because it offers vaccinations for those who are uninsured or may not be able to afford them.
Please contact the Cayuga County Health Department if you have questions about the vaccinations offered or to make an appointment. We are reachable at (315) 253-1560.
Deanna Ryan, M.S., is a senior health educator with the Cayuga County Health Department.