Health officials promote infant immunizations

With National Infant Immunization Week beginning on Saturday, the Georgia Department of Public Health urges all Georgians to protect infants from vaccine-preventable diseases by getting them vaccinated.

"Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect their infants from 14 serious childhood diseases before age two," said Steven Mitchell, Director of the Georgia Immunization Program. "Vaccinating your infant is the best way to protect them from serious illnesses like whooping cough and measles. We urge parents to speak with their pediatrician or healthcare provider and make sure their infant is up to date on their vaccinations."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the United States has the safest, most effect vaccine supply in its history. Last year, the U.S. saw an increase in whooping cough cases, with about 44,810 cases, including 18 deaths. The majority of the deaths were among infants younger than three months old. Georgia also saw an increase in whooping cough cases with about 321 cases being reported.