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It's Important for All Texas Children to Be Fully Vaccinated--Including against 'Invasive Pneumococcal Disease' (English-Language)


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MOMS AND DADS:  CHILDREN UNDER TWO ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES--SUCH AS "INVASIVE PNEUMOCOCCAL-DISEASE"--DUE TO THEIR STILL-DEVELOPING IMMUNE-SYSTEMS.  A SURVEY BY "PARENTS"-MAGAZINE AND "PFIZER" FOUND THAT ONLY ONE-THIRD OF NEW OR EXPECTANT PARENTS ARE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE DISEASE.  AND, NEARLY ONE-IN-FOUR HAVE NEVER HEARD OF IT.  DOCTOR JAIME FERGIE--DIRECTOR OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, AT "DRISCOLL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL" IN CORPUS CHRISTI--EXPLAINS...

(FERGIE):
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DOES 'INVASIVE INFECTIOUS-DISEASE' SOUND SERIOUS?  IT IS SERIOUS:  'INVASIVE PNEUMOCOCCAL-DISEASE' CAN INCLUDE 'PNEUMOCOCCAL MENINGITIS'--AS WELL AS A BLOODSTREAM-INFECTION.  EVEN AN EAR-INFECTION CAN SOMETIMES DEVELOP INTO 'INVASIVE PNEUMOCOCCAL-DISEASE'.  PNEUMOCOCCAL BACTERIA ARE SPREAD BY CLOSE CONTACT, THROUGH COUGHING."

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TALK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE-PROVIDER, TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES--AND THE "C-D-C"-RECOMMENDED IMMUNIZATION-SCHEDULE FOR CHILDREN.  FIND OUT MORE AT "BABY-PNEUMOCOCCAL-FACTS"-DOT-COM.  A MESSAGE FROM "PFIZER".

For this report in Spanish, click here.



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