September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month

September Is Infant Mortality Awareness Month Learn more about the problem and the risk factors and take action to reduce the risk.

The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. Unfortunately, about 25,000 infants die each year in the United States. The loss of a baby remains a sad reality for many families and takes a serious toll on the health and well-being of families.

What Are the Causes?

Fortunately, most newborns grow and thrive. However, for every 1,000 babies that are born, 6 die during their first year. Most of these babies die because they More >

Información para padres acerca de la seguridad de las vacunas

Información para padres acerca de la seguridad de las vacunas ¿Por qué son importantes las vacunas? Las inmunizaciones protegen a los niños. Las enfermedades que se pueden prevenir con vacuna pueden tener consecuencias peligrosas, entre ellas convulsiones, daño del cerebro, ceguera e incluso la muerte. Debido al éxito del programa de inmunización nacional, muchos padres jóvenes nunca han visto un caso de estas enfermedades, pero el sarampión, la meningitis, la varicela, la tos ferina y otras enfermedades existen en el mundo y volverían a surgir aquí si los índices de inmunización disminuyeran. Por ejemplo, al seguir la pista de los More >

Vaccine Safety!

Facts for Parents About Vaccine Safety Why are vaccines important? Immunizations protect children. Vaccine-preventable diseases can have dangerous consequences, including seizures, brain damage, blindness and even death. Because of the success of the national immunization program, many young parents today have never seen a case of one of these illnesses, but measles, meningitis, chickenpox, pertussis and other diseases exist in the world and would re-emerge here if immunization rates fell. For example, recent outbreaks of measles in the U.S. were traced to unvaccinated children who became infected while traveling in Europe. Likewise, it would only take one case of polio More >