BATAVIA — National Infant Immunization Week wil take place today to May 1.

The week is an annual observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases. It is also a week to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting health communities.

Vaccinations play a key role in protecting children and the community from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases, Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments officials said in a news release. They are the most successful and cost- effective public health tool available for preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases as well as preventing death.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some infants and children have missed or delayed routinely recommended vaccinations.

“Childhood vaccinations are one of the best ways to protect infants and children from vaccine-preventable diseases before the age of two,” said Public Health Director Paul Pettit. “Diseases like whooping cough (pertussis) and the measles can be serious for infants and children. That is why it is important to stay on track with well-child visits and the recommended vaccination schedule.

“Please check with your healthcare provider to make sure your children are up to date on the recommended vaccination schedule, even during the pandemic.” he continued. “Doctor’s offices are taking the necessary precautions to keep you safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

To learn more about vaccinations and to view the latest immunization schedule visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines or speak with your healthcare provider.

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