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Vaccines important for public health
The Coastal Health District is urging parents and guardians to remember to get children vaccinated.

Health officials say vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools for preventing disease and death.

"The bottom line is that getting children vaccinated is the best way to keep them from getting sick from diseases that we know we can prevent," Coastal Health District Immunization Coordinator Beth Hausauer said.

Reducing the spread of infectious diseases also helps to protect the community.

According to the Coastal Health District, nearly 12,000 babies are born daily in the United States all of which will need to be vaccinated against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age 2.

Most childhood vaccines produce immunity 90 to 100 percent of the time, something Hausauer said proves their effectiveness.

State law requires children to receive several vaccines before entering school, including some that are required if the child enters school before the age of 5.

This is National Infant Immunization Week.

Among the vaccines recommneded by the health district and required before enrolling in public schools are:

* DTaP: Protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis

* MMR: Protects against measles, mumps and rubella

* HepA: Protects against hepatitis A

* HepB: Protects against hepatitis B

* Hib: Protects against haemophilus influenzae type b

* Flu: Protects against influenza

* PCV13: Protects against pneumococcal disease

* Polio: Protects against polio

* RV: Protects against rotavirus

* Varicella: Protects against chickenpox

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

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