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Childhood Diseases Making a Comeback: Health Department

Will County Health Dept. observes National Infant Immunizations Week, cites resurgence of measles in U.S.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
The Will County Health Department is urging parents to take part in National Infant Immunizations Week (April 26 to May 3), saying that vaccine-preventable illnesses continue to occur throughout the state.

According to the health department, some diseases, like measles, are making a comeback because many parents choose to delay or decline vaccinations for their children.

"Babies need to visit a doctor or clinic for vaccines at least five times by their second birthday for protection against potentially serious childhood diseases," according to Will County Health Department Executive Director John Cicero. "Immunizations provide important protection for each child, and they protect the health of the entire community."

The Health Department's immunizations program works to prevent the spread of illness by vaccinating adults and children against a wide range of diseases. Many of these diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. In 2013, Will County provided immunizations for more than 2,600 infants and more than 6,000 persons in all.

According to the health department, there has been an increase in measles cases and outbreaks reported in 2013, including 58 cases in New York — the largest reported measles outbreak in the U.S. since 1996.

The list of diseases vaccines protect against include: chickenpox, diphtheria, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, rubella, tetanus, hepatitis A and B, rotavirus, haemophilus influenza type b, pneumococcus, and seasonal influenza. For the 2014 infant immunizations schedule, visit:http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child.html.

Immunizations are available at Health Department offices in Joliet, Bolingbrook, and University Park. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 815-740-8143. You may also call toll-free:877-942-5807. Visit us online at www.willcountyhealth.org.
JP April 29, 2014 at 01:50 PM
Indirectly, they're attributing the increase to people failing to have their kids immunized.
Eric Blair April 29, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Here’s one: New flu vaccine contains insect DNA. Think I’ll get two just to be sure. Must be good or the FDA wouldn’t approve. Jan 17, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first influenza vaccine produced with the help of an insect virus and recombinant DNA technology, an approach the agency says may make it possible to start production faster in the event of a flu pandemic. Flublok, a trivalent (three-strain) vaccine developed by Protein Sciences Corp. of Meriden, Conn., was approved for adults ages 18 through 49. The only flu virus component it contains is hemagglutinin, the active ingredient, which is produced by infecting cultures of insect cells with a baculovirus that turns them into hemagglutinin factories. Most flu vaccines use viruses grown in chicken eggs. However, in November the FDA approved Novartis's Flucelvax, which uses flu viruses grown in mammalian cells, making it the first vaccine of its kind to gain US approval.
Kristy Gaidos-Costello April 29, 2014 at 07:06 PM
Agreed Eric....I would never give my kids a flu vaccine but wholeheartedly feel its irresponsible not to vaccinate against measles, polio, rubella and other illness where the vaccines have been proven safe and effective for generations. It's the new vaccines for influenza, chicken pox and HPV that gives me pause.
Raggedyann April 29, 2014 at 07:53 PM
I never had a flu shot. Every year I hold my breath, but never get the flu(that I know of). I've heard of too many people getting very sick from them.
John Roberts May 01, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Only kids that were allowed to go to school in Indiana when the flu hit were the Kids NOT Vaccinated. They were the ONLY ones not to get sick...........NOTE: Only people allowed to do testing on Vaccinations are the Vaccine MAKERS. Federal law Prohibits Government from testing the vaccines. Just like the " Farmers Provision Act stops the Government from Testing GMO foods by Monsanto and relives Monsanto from ANY Liability from effects of GMO foods on Humans.

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