Immunizations remain a crucial tool for safeguarding kids against many serious and potentially deadly diseases throughout their childhood — and later. At Nemours, our commitment to preventing childhood illnesses is demonstrated by our long-standing efforts to give routine immunizations to as many children as we can. We want to ensure the health of not just our own young patients, but also the public’s well-being.
Nemours is going above and beyond when it comes to childhood vaccinations in Primary Care. Based on an annual report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 68% of 19- to 35-month-old children nationwide were up to date with their recommended routine immunizations. At Nemours, our immunization rates are much higher than that — almost 85% of our Primary Care patients of the same age range were up to date with their vaccines by the third quarter of 2009. And our numbers of vaccinated kids continue to rise.
Before the start of widespread vaccinations in the United States, many children lost their lives to diseases that immunizations now prevent, such as whooping cough, measles, and polio. At all of our Nemours Primary Care locations, we make routine immunizations a top priority in order to keep serious, often highly contagious illnesses from affecting children at all ages and stages, from infancy through adolescence.