Louisiana Health Department, Walmart partner to promote infant vaccines
"Walmart has really stepped up to the plate to help raise awareness about the importance of infant immunizations," Henry Homes, Louisiana Shots for Tots coordinator, said. "We appreciate what they're doing and expect their actions will have a positive effect for our state's health."
As part of the agreement, each Walmart pharmacy will have a banner on display that provides a visual reminder about how important it is for people to receive their vaccinations on schedule. Walmart pharmacies also will place immunization schedules into prescription packets that are filled throughout Immunization Week.
"Vaccinations are an essential component in the healthy lifestyle of our children," Dr. Frank Welch, Louisiana DHH immunization medical director, said. "Public health and medical professionals base their vaccine recommendations on several factors. They study information about diseases and vaccines very carefully to decide which vaccines children should get and when they should get them for best protection."
Research by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that vaccines are among the most cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death.
"Each day, parents have to make choices about the well-being of their children," DHH Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert said. "Vaccines prevent unnecessary illness and suffering from various diseases, especially in the very young children who are most at risk."