Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, Public Health Organizations Partner to Spread the Importance of Immunizations

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - HealthAs whooping cough outbreaks continue to spread across Illinois, the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition has partnered with the Chicago Department of Public Health to raise awareness of the importance of vaccinations in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 21-April 28.

Pertussis—commonly known as whooping cough—has been on the rise in Illinois in recent years. By the end of 2011, Illinois health care providers had reported nearly 1,400 cases of the illness, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Free immunizations will be offered throughout Chicago from April 21 to April 28 for children 18 and younger through a project of the Chicago Department of Public Health. For a list of Illinois clinics that provide free vaccinations through the Vaccines for Children program, please call 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) or visit,

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