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National Infant Immunization Week
April 2010 � Special Issue
A Note from the Medical Editor
To commemorate National Infant Immunization Week (April 24-May 1), the American Academy of Pediatrics has created the Protect Tomorrow campaign and video. There are many life-threatening infectious diseases – such as polio, pertussis, diphtheria, mumps and measles – which were witnessed first-hand by our parents and grandparents. These diseases are now largely preventable because of vaccines, but if children are not fully immunized, history can repeat itself. By recalling what it was like before vaccines, the Protect Tomorrow video brings to life the memories of these diseases and reminds us how devastating they can be. Please be sure your children are protected by talking with your pediatrician about what vaccines they need.
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
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