Friday, April 28, 2017

REMINDER:

The World Vision/CareLink Foundation 6k race is Saturday, May 6th!    You may register at the race starting at 8:15 am.  Cost is $50 for those 15 years of age,  $25 for those under 15 years.

Registration will be held at Pediatric Health's Naperville far south parking lot
that is off the River Road entrance.

All funds go to World Vision's clean water initiatives.   

We hope to see you there!

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From the desk of Nurse Practitioners Josie Dawe and Katie Faragher:

Josie Dawe, CPNP
Katie Faragher, CPNP
For World Immunization Week (April 24-30), US medical experts have raised concern about the number of Americans who still are not vaccinating their children.  Vaccines have dramatically decreased the number of people affected by potentially deadly diseases such as measles, whooping cough, influenza, and polio.  Unfortunately, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), an additional 1.5 million deaths could have been prevented across the globe if more people were immunized.
 
For example in 2015-2016 one of the largest mumps outbreaks happened here in Illinois, affecting several hundred university students.  In 2015, there were 134,200 measles deaths worldwide.  The measles virus is particularly concerning because it is one of the most contagious diseases of humankind. According to a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, “If you are across the gymnasium from someone with measles and they cough, you can get it”. 

Choosing not to vaccinate a child puts not only that child at risk but also other children who are unable to get vaccinated. Children with compromised immune systems are medically unable to be vaccinated. This includes children receiving chemotherapy for cancer and those children too young to benefit from vaccines. These children depend on the vaccination of others to control the spread of disease.

As healthcare providers, we do everything we can to do what is in the best interest for our patients based on scientific evidence. The recommended immunization schedule has been researched and documented to be the most effective and safest way to protect children. According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), vaccine schedules are carefully timed to provide protection to children when they are most vulnerable to disease, and when the vaccines will produce the strongest response.

Children who receive vaccines on "alternative" immunization schedules are placed at risk for disease for longer periods of time. According to the APP there is no alternative if you want the optimal protection for your child.

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