On Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price delivered a Proclamation to Cook Children’s about the importance of vaccines. The city proclaimed 2013 as the year of the Fort Worth Community promise to endorse the Cook Children’s Immunization Wellness Program. Marc Mazade, M.D., an Infectious Disease physician, spoke on behalf of Cook Children’s. Please watch a video from the night and then view Dr. Mazade’s entire speech.

Good evening.

I have taken care of many children with vaccine preventable diseases, some of who have died with infections like pertussis, tetanus, meningitis and influenza.

And this breaks my heart …

I am heart broken because we can do something about preventing these dangerous illnesses from harming our children and ourselves. It is The Promise of Cook Children’s “to improve the health of every child in our region.”

As as such, it is our aim to immunize as many children as possible and to provide parents with accurate and trustworthy information about vaccine safety.

Because vaccines save lives.

Because vaccines are not associated with autism.

Because vaccines are safe and effective.

We the physicians, nurses and staff of Cook Children’s vaccinate our own children and we vaccinate ourselves.

There is no advantage to delaying vaccinations.

Using vaccine schedules other than the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control leaves children vulnerable to life threatening infections at critical times in their lives.

We would like to remind women that they should be vaccinated against whooping cough during pregnancy.

All boys and girls should receive a pertussis booster at 11-12 years of age.

And also complete a three dose HPV vaccine series to prevent cervical and other cancers.

Every year healthy children died needlessly of influenza that could have been prevented by vaccination.

At least one case of influenza has already been confirmed at Cook Children’s Medical Center this season.

An important thing everyone needs to know is that you cannot contract influenza from the vaccine.

We invite you to visit our website at cookchildrens.org and follow the links to the new vaccine and immunization safety center to look for answers to your questions and concerns and to schedule a visit to vaccinate your children.

In closing, I’d like to acknowledge Cook Children’s 22 year partnership with the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County and thank them for their outstanding efforts on behalf of our community.

Thank you Mayor Price, Council Members and the city of Fort Worth for recognizing the importance of this campaign.

Be wise. Immunize.

Thank you.”

- Marc Mazade, M.D., Cook Children’s, Infectious Disease

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