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National infant immunization week is underway

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It's National Infant Immunization Week and local health officials are urging parents to stay up to date on vaccines.

Whooping cough is among the most dangerous diseases for infants and young children. Last year the number of whooping cough cases rose locally, with 35 confirmed in the panhandle, including 17 cases in Scotts Bluff County.

Sandy Preston with the Panhandle Immunization Coalition says that vaccinating children is key to the cases of infant illnesses declining.

"It's so very important to protect the little ones by giving them those basic immunizations; they're ready to have a safe and healthy life," says Preston. "It's actually one of the best things parents can do to assure the safety and protection of their children."

Preston says it is also important to keep up with regular vaccinations through adulthood.
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