Dr. Heidi A. Kulberg: Immunizations
In light of the recent measles outbreak which began in California and now stretches into at least 14 states, Parent Connection is partnering with the March of Dimes to provide information about immunizations as a means to protect children from infectious diseases. Every student enrolling in public school in Virginia must provide proof of the following immunizations: DPT, polio, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B, chicken pox and a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) booster. Additional information about immunization requirements can be found on vbschools.com.
Below you will find a statement from Dr. Heidi A. Kulberg, Director of the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health as well as an informative article about immunizations provided by the March of Dimes.
Statement by Dr. Heidi A. Kulberg
“As a representative of the Virginia Beach and the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health, a physician and a parent, I support the March of Dimes stance that immunizations are the most effective and safest means of protecting children from infectious and sometimes life threatening diseases,” said Dr. Heidi A. Kulberg, Director of the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health. “When parents elect not to immunize their children, infectious diseases can make a comeback as with the recent outbreak of measles. The benefits of immunity greatly outweigh the risk of any rare side effect.”
Dr. Kulberg added that when parents refuse to inoculate their children that they are risking the health of their child and increasing the risk of infection to others at school or in the community. Epidemics can begin this way. Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease characterized by violent coughing, and can be fatal especially with an infant. The best prevention is a vaccination.
Click here to read background information and a summary of the March of Dimes Immunization Policy. The list of recommended vaccinations was supplied by Dr. Kulberg.
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