(Atlantic) It’s National Infant Immunization Week and Denise Coder, Site Manager for Cass County Home Care says the vaccines work really well.
“Of course when a child receives the recommended and required immunization, then that child has a degree of protection against those diseases,” states Coder. “So that is very important because there are many diseases if contracted that can be very dangerous to them.”
Coder said, “A secondary goal we have with child and infant immunization, is to make sure that we have herd immunity which protects the rest of our community. Because there are some people who cannot receive vaccinations and the only way they can be protected is if everyone else has protection.”
Coder says vaccinations that are privately paid for can be quite pricey. “However, for parents that do not have adequate insurance for their child, The Vaccine for Children’s Program, provides those vaccinations free of charge to parents.”
In 2011, 80-percent of Cass County 2-year-olds were fully vaccinated which is 10-percent higher than the state average. Coder says Cass County Health systems target is between 90-and-95-percent. Coder says they work weekly recalling children and reminding parents when their children are due for a vaccination. Coder says, If you are a parent that is receiving notifications such as these, it’s very important to contact your health care provider
April 25, 2012