Failure to Vaccinate Puts Children at Serious Risk
Galveston County Health District Highlights National Infant Immunization Week, April 22-29
GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – Reported cases of children with common vaccine-preventable diseases such as varicella, pertussis and influenza increased 55% in Galveston County between 2013 and 2016. So far this year, seven such cases have been reported to the Galveston County Health District (GCHD).
GCHD looks forward to participating in National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) April 22-29, 2017 to raise awareness about the importance, effectiveness and safety of childhood immunizations.
“Children becoming ill from vaccine-preventable diseases is avoidable with proper immunization,” said Eileen Dawley, GCHD chief nursing officer. “Each year across the country, thousands of children get seriously sick and some pass away from illnesses they didn’t have to get.”
In Galveston County, the most common reported childhood vaccine-preventable illness since 2013 is varicella, better known as chickenpox. Pertussis, better known as whooping cough, is the second most common during the same period.
“Unfortunately some parents make the decision not to immunize based on debunked information about complications such as autism,” Dawley continued. “Science has repeatedly discounted a link between vaccines and autism.”
GCHD recommends parents speak with their medical provider about the vaccines appropriate for their children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended immunization schedule and other important information is available at www.ImmunizeTexas.com.
Parents are encouraged to register their child in ImmTrac, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) program that stores children’s confidential immunization information for medical provider access. To learn more about ImmTrac, please visit www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/immtrac.
The GCHD Immunization Clinic, located at 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City, offers many immunizations for children and adults. The clinic will also offer educations resources during NIIW. For more information about the clinic, please call (409) 938-2244 or visit www.gchd.org/immunizations.