East-central Illinois public health departments are pushing Infant Immunization Week, asking parents / guardians to take precaution against the spread of infectious diseases.
Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that routine immunization of children born between 1994 and 2016 will prevent an estimated 381 million illnesses, 24.5 million hospitalizations, and 855,000 early deaths over the course of their lifetimes, at a net savings of $360 billion in direct costs and $1.65 trillion in total societal costs.
The Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston and Ford County Public Health departments issue reminders to check with local health officials about immunization clinics – for adults and children.