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KEEP KIDS' VACCINATIONS CURRENT

Do you know if you child is properly immunized? Many parents don't, and that's a big danger for their children. In Utah, 30 percent of 2-year-olds have not received the full series of vaccines to protect them from life-threatening diseases, such as measles and whooping cough, or pertussis.

The good news is that we've made real progress in the last few years. Today, infant immunization rates are at their highest levels in history, and vaccine-preventable childhood diseases are at an all-time low. Our work is far from done. We still have more than 1 million preschoolers in this country who don't have all their shots - and your child could be one of them.Parents need to check their children's immunization records to make sure they're up to date - and bring them in for their shots if they're not. As a physician with a background in public health, I encourage other physicians to take every opportunity to vaccinate children during office visits. It's up to all of us to make certain that every child gets an equal shot at a healthy life.

For information on where to go for shots, call 1-900-232-2522.

Margaret Cary

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Denver