National Infant Immunization Week

by Brittany Harris on April 27, 2011 at 6:28 am

It’s National Infant Immunization Week and local officials want to raise awareness in the community.

Dr. Vicki Whitacre with the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department said it’s extremely important infants and young children receive the required shots and also be assessed by their family’s physician.

"It’s very important for you to go for your shots to get that immunity so you don’t lose a child from a preventable disease and also so their milestones of their growth and development are checked out by the physician also," she said.

The immunizations can protect against 14 diseases before the age of two, including Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella along with several others. Dr. Whitacre said parents should not be worried about possible side effects.

"There are very few problems from immunizations today they’ve been around a long time, they’ve been studied well and they really have really very few risks," said Dr. Whitacre.

To receive the required and recommended vaccines, parents should check with their child’s doctor. For more information, you can visit the Health Department’s website at