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Parents urged to vaccinate their children

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is urging parents to vaccinate their children. (Source KSWO) The Oklahoma State Department of Health is urging parents to vaccinate their children. (Source KSWO)
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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -Immunizations are credited for saving millions of lives all over the world, and that's why the Oklahoma State Department of Health is encouraging parents to get their infants vaccinated.

Saturday kicks off the start of National Infant Immunization Week. The Health Department reminds parents that each vaccine not only benefits their child, but extends beyond to the community and to future generations when it comes to eradicating diseases.

“I think it helps my child and I also think it helps the community,” said Janette New, a mother who decided to get her child vaccinated.

“Some of the diseases that protect our kids are still widespread in other countries. It's a perfect example of why we need to vaccinate so [we] don't see the cases we see in other countries,” said Sarah Whittington, Comanche County Health Department.

Whittington says a perfect example of the dangers of not vaccinating your child is the 2015 measles outbreak in California. She says the outbreak started after someone infected with the virus came from overseas and it was transmitted to unvaccinated children.

If you plan to have your child immunized, Whittington also recommends doing it during the summer so children are ready for the upcoming school year.

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