Vaccines Are Essential for Public Health; Immunizations Halt Spread of Deadly Diseases

Modified: September 6, 2017 7:03am

09/06/2017

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PRESS RELEASE

From the Office of the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale R. Burstein 

Date September 6, 2017                       

CONTACT: Mary C. St. Mary/Mary.StMary@Erie.Gov

Phone: 716.858.4941/ Mobile: 716.253.3925 

Vaccines Are Essential for Public Health

Immunizations Halt Spread of Deadly Infectious Diseases

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Vaccination is one of the most important foundations of public. For those individuals most vulnerable to illness and complications--infants and young children, elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems—it may truly be a matter of life and death. Text box

“There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that vaccines save lives and improve the quality of lives,” said Erie County Commissioner of Health (“ECDOH”), Dr. Gale Burstein. “Vaccines are among the most rigorously tested and safest medical products on the market. It can take 10 or more years and millions of dollars to thoroughly test a new vaccine before it is made available to the public

When children are not immunized, the results can be devastating, including deaths and disablement. Each year, thousands of children in the United States become seriously ill with vaccine-preventable diseases.

“The positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants is a tremendous public health achievement,” stated Burstein. “Vaccines have saved hundreds of millions of lives over the course of history.” Short of basic sanitation and nutrition, no medical intervention has done more to save lives and prevent disease than immunizations.

For example:

  • Hepatitis B vaccines help prevent the leading cause of liver cancer
  • Polio vaccine prevented paralysis in 8 million people
  • Diseases, once common in the Unites States that severely disabled or killed thousands of children, are now prevented through vaccination

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Adults should also receive appropriate vaccines to protect their health, especially seniors. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill and can spread certain illnesses on to others, including newborns who lack a fully functioning immune system.

To learn more about recommended vaccines, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines, speak with your healthcare provider, or call the ECDOH Immunization Clinic (located at Jesse Nash Health Center, 608 William St.,

Buffalo 14206) at (716) 858-7687.infograph

For additional detailed information, please refer to the “Immunization Resources” section at the end of this press release. This flyer can also be found on our website through the link: http://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=ecdoh-immunization-information

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Immunization Resources

Organization

Link to Web Site

Description

Erie County

Department of Health

Immunization Clinic

www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=vaccines-available-ecdoh#node-882

 

 

Jesse Nash Health Center

608 William St.

Buffalo 14206  (716) 858-7687

Erie County

Department of Health

www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=ecdoh-immunization-information

Immunization Action Plan (IAP)

Karen Menza (716) 858-2373

New York State

Department of Health

www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/

Immunization Bureau-Buffalo Regional Office

(716) 847-4501

American Academy of Pediatrics: Healthy Children.org

http://tinyurl.com/vaccinate-now

 

Information about vaccine safety, vaccination schedules & more.

Western New York Pediatric, Adolescent & Adult Coalition

http://tinyurl.com/WNYPAA-FB

 

Facebook Page with vaccination information.

Campaign to

Immunize All New Yorkers

www.immuNYze.org

 

County Health Officials of New York (NYSACHO) Campaign to Immunize NY State Residents

Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention (CDC)

www.cdc.gov/vaccines

 

What vaccines does your child need?

US Department of

Health & Human Services

www.vaccines.gov

 

Federal Gateway to information on vaccines & immunizations for all ages

Immunization Action Coalition

www.immunize.org

 

Website for Health Professionals

Immunization Action Coalition

www.vaccineinformation.org

 

Website for Patients, Parents, Providers & Media

Immunization

Coalitions Network

www.immunizationcoalitions.org

 

Detailed vaccination information for Health Professionals, Public & Coalitions

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

www.nfid.org

 

Information for Health Professionals, with specific information for Adults, Adolescents & Children

Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition

www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org

 

Information for Pediatricians, Health Professionals, Parents & Caregivers

Every Child by Two/

Vaccinate Your Family

www.ecbt.org

 

Information to Educate the Public; Advocates for policies that support  timely vaccination

Voices for Vaccines

www.voicesforvaccines.org

 

Parent-driven Organization Providing Parents Clear, Science-based Information about Vaccines

Nurses Who Vaccinate

www.nurseswhovaccinate.org

Promotes knowledge and competency in immunizations & works to position nurses as vaccine advocates.

The Children’s Hospital

of Philadelphia

Vaccine Education Center

www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center

 

 

Provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.

National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)

www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation

 

No-fault alternative to the traditional legal system for resolving vaccine injury petitions.

THRIVE

Free App for mobile phones

www.unity4teenvax.org/resources/thrive-app/

 

Free app for parents of teens/young adults with interactive resource for managing teen health.