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April 28, 2014        Print version

Healthy Right From the Start - Immunizations give infants the protection they need from disease.
National Infant Immunization Week - April 26 – May 3

The Dutchess County Department of Health reminds parents of the importance of immunizing their children right from the start during National Infant Immunization Week.

“Immunizations are critical to the protection of infants and children against diseases,” said Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD.  “Just as we make sure they are buckled up every time they get into a car, we want to make sure they are protected when they go out into the world.  Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.”

Dr. Reiber also noted the increase in Measles cases is reflective of immunizations not being given, or being delayed, as well as an increase in contact with individuals traveling from other countries.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the 1950s, nearly every child developed measles, with some children dying from this serious disease.

“Often a person with a vaccine-preventable disease, like measles, is infectious before a person begins to feel sick,” said Reiber.  “Being fully immunized, not only protects you, but protects vulnerable individuals from becoming sick and possibly dying. Vaccines have so successfully reduced the spread of disease that we have forgotten the terrible impact diseases like measles, mumps, flu, and polio had on individuals and families.” 

Find out more about what you can do to protect yourself and your family against 14 vaccine preventable diseases by visiting and  The Dutchess County Immunization Program is also available at 845-486-3409 or





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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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