National Infant Immunization Week works towards education

By WBNG News

National Infant Immunization Week works towards education

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 1:03 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) It's National Infant Immunization Week and the Broome County Health Department is working to educate the public.

The theme to this years campaign is "Immunization. Power to Protect."

The health department stresses that shots protect infants from serious and life threatening illnesses like diphtheria, pertussis and polio.

It also hopes that education, along with cited studies done by the Centers for Disease Control will help eliminate any myths surrounding vaccinations.

"Children and infants under the age of two, or by the time they are two are protected from 14 preventable diseases," said Susan Blythe, the immunization manager for the Broome County Health Department.

There can be mild side effects from vaccines. Those are most commonly soreness or redness at the site of the shot and the possibility of a slight fever.