Boys Town Releases Tips on Immunizations

July 28, 2012

As children get ready to return to school, it is important to protect them against highly infectious viruses with the recommended vaccinations.

Omaha, NE (PRWEB) July 28, 2012

Boys Town today announced strategies to protect children from communicable diseases and keep up with immunizations. The national child and healthcare organization, started over 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice. As children get ready to return to school, it is important for to protect them against highly infectious viruses with the recommended vaccinations. Five facts about immunizations include:

1.    Do not skip or delay vaccinations. Without immunizations at the right time, children may face serious health risks.

2.    Stay up-to-date on the most recent immunizations. Vaccinations available to combat highly infectious viruses include:

  •     Whooping Cough (pertussis)
  •     The chicken pox
  •     Cervical cancer
  •     Genital warts

3.    The bacteria for diseases now controlled by vaccinations like polio, measles and rubella still exist. Therefore, it is important that children´s vaccinations are up-to-date to prevent against any infectious outbreaks or contact with unvaccinated individuals.

4.    Immunizations are still needed even when new mothers are breastfeeding their baby. Breastfeeding alone does not protect children from serious illnesses.

5.    There is no scientific evidence that vaccinations cause or contribute to autism. Failing to vaccinate may cause serious health complications in children and adults.

“Because many diseases now seem obsolete, many parents have misconceptions of immunization. Without immunizations at the right times, your child can still catch infectious diseases that may cause high fever, coughing, choking, breathing problems, and even brain injury. These illnesses may leave your child deaf, blind or cause paralysis,” said Dr. Heather Zimmerman, Boys Town Pediatrician.

The safest way to ensure your child´s protection against commutable diseases is to visit your pediatrician regularly and keep up with recommended immunizations. A vaccination schedule is available online at http://www.boystownpediatrics.org under Immunization in Pediatric Advisor Index.

The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town

Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America´s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2011, Boys Town´s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town´s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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