Immunizing Infants

by Emily Baird on April 26, 2010 at 8:43 am

Thousands of children become sick every year from diseases that could have been prevented by getting recommended vaccinations.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to spread the word during National Infant Immunization Week.

"They are especially vulnerable to diseases and viruses at a young age because once the maternal antibodies are not there, then they’re even at more risk if they’re exposed to the diseases, to actually come down with those, " says Public Health Nurse Linda Edmondson.

Children under the age of two are supposed to receive a total of 14 vaccinations, which Edmondson says are effective.

"Some of the diseases you don’t see out there as prevalent as you used to because the vaccines prevent those diseases, " says Edmondson.

To see if your child is caught up on all the vaccinations he or she needs, visit The health department does offer some of these shots by appointment for a fee of 10 dollars.