CHILDREN'S HEALTH

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month  

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month.  The theme for 2017 is "Prevent to Protect:  Prevent Infections for Baby's Protection."  We know that not all birth defects can be prevented.  But, we also know that women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by reducting their risk of getting an infection during pregnancy.  
 
The Zika virus disease outbreak has led to renewed focus on how some birth defects are caused by infection during pregnancy.  "Prevent Infections for Baby's Protection" is the theme of January 2017's National Birth Defects Prevention Month.  Birth defects are common, costly, and critical, and they affect one in 33 U.S. babies annually.  Not all birth defects can be prevented, but women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by reducing their risk for getting an infection during pregnancy.
 
Women can take the following steps to prevent infections:  talk to their health care provider about how they can reduce their risk for infections with viruses such as Zika and congenital syphilis, if they are pregnant or currently planning a pregnancy; properly prepare food to avoid illnesses, such as listeriosis; protect themselves from insects and animals known to carry diseases, such as Zika nd toxoplasmosis; and maintain good hygiene to prevent infections, such as cytomegalovirus.  CDC encourages everyone to join this nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects,, their causes, and their impact.  Additional information is available here. 

To attend Kindergarten, a student must have proof of the following immunizations:

  • 5 DTaP (4 doses if 4th dose was given on/after the 4th birthday)

  • 4 Polio - 3 doses if 3rd dose was given on/after the 4th birthday

  • 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

  • 2 Varicella (Chickenpox)

  • 3 Hepatitis B

  • 2 Hepatitis A

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To receive a vaccination exemption form, the legally responsible individual who claims the exemption for the student must complete the online immunization education module.  To access the online immunization education module to http://www.immunize-utah.org/ .

If the legally responsible individual who claims the exemption for the student declines to take the online education module, he/she can obtain a vaccination exemption form from a local health department and receive an in-person consultation.

 

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