PA Dept of Health says "immunize kids"
September 4, 2013
As the school year starts across Pennsylvania, Senator
Schwank joins the Pennsylvania Department of Health in reminding parents of the
importance of ensuring their children are up-to-date on immunizations.
In 2012, there
were 1,627 confirmed cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, report to the
Department of Health, up from 547 in 2011.
one vaccine preventable disease, can cause serious illness in infants,
children, and adults and can even be fatal, especially in infants.
immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of many serious
infectious diseases, parents are often unaware that children are at risk for so
many serious and life-threatening diseases.
The low levels of vaccine-preventable diseases at the
national level show immunizations work to control the spread of infectious
Schwank also reminds parents to keep a record of the dates that their kids were
immunized. That'll be helpful to both
physicians and to the school or day care facility where their children are
information on immunizations, parents can visit www.health.state.pa.us or call