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posted on April 27, 2010 05:01


April 24 – May 1 is National Infant Immunization Week
Immunizations are the most important thing parents can do to protect their children from harmful disease. Every year Idaho’s children suffer the impact of vaccine preventable diseases such as meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough) and pneumonia.
Idaho has the second lowest childhood immunization rate in the country – only 60% of children are fully immunized by the age of 24 months, leaving many children at risk of contracting and spreading serious and potentially fatal disease. Infants and young children need to be immunized as these diseases can strike at an early age.
How can I remember what shots my child needs and when?

Idaho has a statewide system designed to help you and your healthcare provider keep track of your child’s immunization records. Idaho’s Immunization Reminder Information System, better known as IRIS, is a secure database containing a permanent record of your family’s immunizations. IRIS will send you a reminder when your child is due for vaccinations to keep them up to date and on schedule.
How much do vaccines cost?
All vaccines (with the exception of the HPV vaccine) are free to all children ages 0-18 years; however, an administration fee may be charged.
What vaccine preventable diseases is my child at risk for?

Bacterial Meningitis
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Pertussis (whooping cough)
Pneumococcal disease
Rubella (German measles)
Tetanus (Lockjaw)
Varicella (Chickenpox)
For more information on infant immunizations and vaccine preventable diseases, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.
For more information on Idaho’s Immunization Program, visit Health and Welfare’s immunization pages.
For a childhood immunization schedule, please click here.