Thi is National Child Immunization Week.
The Center for Disease Control says immunizations can save a child's life. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children have been eliminated completely and others are close to extinction– primarily due to safe and effective vaccines.
One example of the great impact that vaccines can have is the elimination of polio in the United States. Polio was once America's most-feared disease, causing death and paralysis across the country, but today, thanks to vaccination, there are no reports of polio in the United States.
For more information about the importance of infant immunization, talk with your health care provider at Winneshiek Medical Center or visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines.