"Those children from ages zero to two-years-old, you know that's really when we get a lot of our vaccines, so this is a special week to focus on them."
DHH immunization programs educate parents and health care providers to protect infants and toddlers from vaccine-preventable diseases. Welch says part of National Infant Immunization Week is encouraging parents to contact their pediatrician to not only make sure their babies are protected, but protected on time.
"Remember, you can only protect yourself against a disease if you get the vaccine before you're exposed to it."
Welch says vaccinations are safe, effective, and potentially life-saving. He says the goal is to have 90-percent of children immunized by 2020 and Louisiana currently sits at about 74-percent. Welch says everyone has an opinion about vaccinations, but in this case you really want an educated opinion.
"The family's pediatrician went to school for the protection of the child, the child's family, and the community."