Child Immunizations

No one likes to take their children to get their shots, but it's something that every parent needs to do. In the first year alone, babies need to get almost twenty shots. It may hurt, but a little pain now will save them from a lot of pain in the future.

A baby crying is a sound no mother likes to hear. Like all mothers, Jodie Rouse doesn't want her five-month-old daughter to go through any sort of pain but she knows the cause of these tears will help keep her little girl healthy. "It's hard to sit here and hold her while she gets her shots," Rouse says. "But it's important and that's why we do it." It's something that all the parents at the Jackson immunization clinic know. That's why they brought their children to the clinic put on by the Cape County Health Department. Vicky McDowell, a nurse at the health department says, "There's a standard set of immunizations that are given to infants and it's called infant series. It's spread out over a certain number of months and certain immunizations are given at specific times."

An infant series that consists of 15 shots in 12 months. Everything from three doses of Hepatitis B, to three doses of the Polio vaccine. As they get older, there will be even more shots they need to get. McDowell says, "Even though we've had vaccines for many years, we still have childhood illnesses out there like Pertussis. It's very important for kids to get the vaccines to prevent them because they can be life threatening." A lot of shots are sure to bring on a lot of tears, but the vaccines are sure to last a lot longer than the pain. Rouse says, "My daughter runs a low grade fever and she'll probably get a little fussy over the next 24 hours, but she'll be fine."

There are a lot of shots that parents need to make sure their baby gets. As part of our Baby Your Baby campaign, we're working with health departments in Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, and Northwest Tennessee. Call these numbers to get more information about child immunizations,

Missouri 1-800-TEL-LINK

Illinois 1-800-323-GROW

Kentucky 1-888-430-3000

Tennessee 1-800-428-2229

Thursday night, on Heartland News at six, we'll see how family support workers and nurses make special well child visits to make sure mom and baby are doing okay.