Latina Health Expert Joins California’s Fight Against Whooping Cough, Meningitis
Renowned Latina Health Expert Dr. Aliza Lifshitz Joins Vacune a Sus Hijos Adolescentes to inform parents about free or low-cost vaccines available to eligible children
Eastmont Community Center responded today to alarmingly low whooping cough and meningococcal meningitis immunization rates among Latino adolescents by launching a new adolescent immunization awareness initiative. The grassroots campaign aims to educate local Latino families about free or low-cost vaccines available to help protect children against these and other infectious diseases.
Only around half of Latino preteens and teens are vaccinated against these potentially life-threatening infections, putting them and their communities at increased risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eastmont’s public awareness initiative, made possible with support by Sanofi Pasteur, is called Vacune a Sus Hijos Adolescentes (Get Your Teens Vaccinated). The new program will inform parents that vaccination is more important than ever in light of the statewide whooping cough epidemic. (more…)