April 29, 2019
HHS Secretary Azar Statement on National Infant Immunization Week
HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement to mark National Infant Immunization Week:
“This week is National Infant Immunization Week, which is an opportunity to celebrate lifesaving vaccines that protect our children.
“Unfortunately, because we are seeing significant outbreaks of measles across the country, it is also a more important opportunity than ever to remind Americans: Vaccinations are safe and have been proven time and again to be effective. I can personally testify to how important they are: As a parent, I ensured that all my kids were vaccinated according to the childhood schedule, and I recently received a recommended vaccine to prepare for some international travel.
“We have come a long way in fighting infectious diseases in America, but we risk backsliding and seeing our families, neighbors, and communities needlessly suffer from preventable diseases. This National Infant Immunization Week, all Americans should check to make sure that they and their loved ones are up to date with the CDC's recommended vaccine schedule, which provides guidelines for Americans of all ages and with specific health conditions.. Especially if you have an infant, talk to your doctor about what vaccines are recommended. It’s one of the easiest ways to keep you, your family, and your community healthy.”
For more information on vaccines, go to Vaccines.gov.