Published: 06-16-2009
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    Vaccination expert Amy Pisani provides a brief overview of vaccines and why timely immunizations are important for infants, adolescents and adults.

    Amy Pisani: Hi! My name is Amy Pisani and I am the Executive Director of Every Child by Two.

    Today, I am talking about vaccines. Our organization seeks to ensure that children are protected from vaccine preventable diseases through timely immunizations.

    Vaccines have been held as one of the top Public Health Achievements of the 20th Century. Unlike people in many developing nations, we are extremely fortunate in the US to have vaccines that protect against so many life-threatening diseases.

    Although, many people associate immunizations with children, they are not just for the young. Vaccines are also critical for both teens and adults. An immunization is not only protects those who receive them, they also protect the vulnerable people around them.

    In this video series, we will discuss what vaccines should be administered during childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Then, we'll discuss the important reasons why you should encourage vaccinations for your entire family. We'll also enter some lingering questions about vaccine safety.

    Lastly, we will discuss the dangerous of influenza virus and how to protect yourself and your family each for the season.

    Before we begin the series, let me tell you a little bit about myself and Every Child by Two.

    Our organization was founded in 1991 in response to a large measles outbreak that claimed the lives of nearly 125 people, many of whom were young children.

    ECBTs founders Former First Lady of the United States Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumpers, wife of Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas, have been working to ensure timely immunizations of children since the mid 1970s when they were serving as first ladies of their home states.

    In my capacity as Executive Director since 1998, I have accompanied our founders on visits to dozens of states where we have overseen the development of critical programs and raising awareness of the benefits and safety of our nation's vaccines.

    In addition, our organization has been instrumental in supporting policies aim at increasing access to and affordability of vaccines.

    For more information, please visit both our websites at ecbt.

    org and vaccinateyourbaby.