INDIANAPOLIS – For many parents those bi-monthly pricks followed by screams are like clock work. For others this is a part of parenting that falls by the wayside. And Indiana has been charged with getting all parents on one accord.
“Indiana has been a great leader in immunizations. They’ve really done a great job with their registry called chirp and with consumer registration information called “MyVaxIndiana,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immunization program. “We’re really proud of those accomplishments and we would love other states to do the same.”
With a recent nationwide measles outbreak there’s an even bigger push behind national infant immunization week this year, the Monnett family chose to their newborn son Liam vaccinated.
“This is my first child. Didn’t know a lot about it before Liam was born – I started looking up all the different shots he was gonna be getting just to be informed,” said Craig Monnett.
One of the hardest things for parents is actually remembering when its time for their child to go in for shots. Hallmark is helping make that task easier with the “For America’s Babies” card. The state health department says it’s all about keeping kids alive and well.
William VanNess II, Indiana health commissioner
“Our number one priority in the State Department of Health is to reduce infant mortality. Immunizations help reduce infant mortality. We just unfortunately had a baby die in northern Indiana of whooping cough that was less than 2 months of age,” said Indiana Health Commissioner, William C. VanNess II.
VanNess says less than one percent of parents opt out of getting their children immunized. The CDC says these shots can not be taken lightly.
“Our vaccine program is a great success but we can’t take it for granted. Diseases are still around us. It’s really important to vaccinate your children on time and protect them from 14 diseases by age two. There’s record number of measles cases so far. Don’t take for granted that your kid won’t get that disease,” said Dr. Schuchat.
To track your child’s immunizations online, click here.