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    Infant Immunization Week Is April 20-27


    The best way to protect your infant from communicable diseases is to make sure they have been immunized. In fact, getting the proper immunizations can protect your child from 14 different childhood diseases, including the pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among vaccine-preventable diseases, pertussis is one of the most commonly occurring ones in the United States. Last year, Jefferson County had almost 300 cases of pertussis and as of March this year, there have been an additional 72 cases.


    Pertussis, a contagious bacterial infection spread by coughing/sneezing is notable for the persistent, often severe, and long-lasting cough in those infected and can be life threatening in infants and young children. Pertussis immunizations are recommended for adults as well as children, because the infection can spread.


    The CDC recognizes the week of April 20-27 as National Infant Immunization Week. This year’s theme, “Immunization. The Power to Protect.” is a reminder to get your infant vaccinated against pertussis and other vaccine preventable diseases.


    Jefferson County Public Health offers vaccines at its clinic locations in Arvada and Lakewood. If you need to make an appointment, contact JCPH at 303-232-6301. Children’ s Medicaid, CHP+ and some insurance accepted. Please call for more information and fees. To get a list of provided vaccines, please click here.



    Nancy Braden
    Public Health Communications
    303-239-7137
    nbraden@jeffco.us

    April 23, 2013


    Last Updated: 6-10-2013