Keeping Children Healthy

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AUSTIN, Minn. — Health officials are using this week to remind parents how important vaccines are.

This is “National Infant Immunization Week” – designed to help keep infants and young children from contracting serious childhood diseases, such as whooping cough.

With last year’s pertussis outbreak, experts say getting those shots early is important.

“We have the benefit of having a lot of science that’s provided amazing vaccines that can really make an impact on a child’s health,” Karen Frank of Mower County Health and Human Services said. “So starting early and regularly gives them that protection.”

There were more than 4,000 cases of whooping cough in Minnesota last year.

Two percent of cases were in infants under four months old.

Iowa saw an estimated 1,700 pertussis cases.

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