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Generation After Generation:
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Word of Mom: Celebrating 75 Years of Healthy Advice

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For 75 years, March of Dimes has supported stronger, healthier families through research, education and vaccines.1,2 In honor of this milestone, Sanofi Pasteur and March of Dimes are working together on the Word of Mom campaign to reach across generations to motivate moms and caregivers to advocate for childhood, adolescent and adult vaccinations. Vaccines not only help protect your family against diseases that our grandparents faced, but also preventable diseases that are still around today, like pertussis.3

The Word of Mom campaign seeks to empower moms with resources and tools to help make the best health decisions for their family. While you’re here, watch the
Word of Mom Public Service Announcement (PSA), check out some health tips and advice for moms, download an infographic of the adult immunization recommendations, or meet the Word of Mom families.

The Small Acts that Help to Keep Families Healthy: Word of Mom Public Service Announcement (PSA)

Jill Teeters, a Word of Mom ambassador, talks about the importance of vaccinations for both adults and children.

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Healthy Advice From Word of Mom

From ensuring children are up-to-date on their vaccinations to keeping your baby out of the sun, there are plenty of parenting facts and myths as well as advice that get passed on from generation to generation.

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  • Refrain from smoking, especially if you are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant.

    Why? Doctors do not recommend smoking for women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant as exposure to smoke during pregnancy can lead to limitations in mental functioning.4

  • Ensure your children get regular check-ups, such as dental and eye exams.

    Why? Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. By getting the right health services, screenings and treatments, parents are taking steps that may help their children's chances for live healthier lives.5

  • Vaccinate your children to help keep them healthy and protect them against preventable diseases.

    Why? In addition to helping to protect your children from serious diseases, vaccines help to reduce the number of susceptible individuals who can spread dangerous diseases throughout the community.6

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday) in clean, soapy water to help prevent the spread of infection and illness.

    Why? According to medical professionals, hand hygiene is one of the most important steps one can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.7

  • It's important for adults and caregivers to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations to help protect children against disease.

    Why? Vaccination doesn't stop at childhood. It's important for adults to be vaccinated too.3 When adults vaccinate themselves against preventable diseases, they are less likely to contract serious illnesses and pass them on to their family.3,6

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Adults Need Vaccinations, Too

As a parent, vaccinating your child is one of the best things you can do to help protect your family from serious diseases. But infants and children aren’t the only ones who need vaccines. Adults never outgrow the need for vaccination.3

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes new information about the adult immunization schedule.3 Download this graphic to view some of the latest recommendations for adults.

Read additional vaccine information for all ages

Meet the Word of Mom Families

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Teeters Lamothe Family

Meet the Teeters Lamothes, a loving family who had close relatives affected by polio. Jill, a mother of a healthy five-and-a-half-year-old son, and her family want to spread the word about how important vaccines are to help keep families healthy generation after generation.

Fleming family

Meet the Fleming family. They have a family history of polio and want to encourage all mothers to learn more about the importance of vaccination. Because her family witnessed the consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases firsthand, Nikki believes that vaccines are a testament to modern medicine and that prevention is a gift.

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SPRINGER family

Cassie Springer’s mother, Jan, contracted polio when she was a young girl, during a time when there was no polio vaccination. And when Cassie became a mother, she lost one of her daughters, Ella Rose, due to complications related to prematurity. Both Cassie and Jan strongly believe that parents should do everything in their power to keep their children safe and healthy, including getting them vaccinated.

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References

  1. March of Dimes. A history of the March of Dimes. http://www.marchofdimes.com/mission/print/a-history-of-the-march-of-dimes.html. Accessed June 12, 2013.
  2. March of Dimes. From polio to prematurity: March of Dimes celebrates 75 years. http://www.marchofdimes.com/news/from-polio-to-prematuritymarch-of-dimes-celebrates-75-years-of-life-saving-achievements.aspx. Accessed June 12, 2013.
  3. CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years and adults aged 19 years and older—United States, 2013. MMWR Morbid Mortal Wkly Rep. 2013;62(Suppl):1-19.
  4. Spock B, Needleman R. Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, 9th edition. New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing; 2012.
  5. CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. Healthy Family: Regular Check-Ups Are Important. http://www.cdc.gov/family/checkup/index.htm. Accessed July 2, 2013.
  6. Orenstein WA, Pickering LK, Mawle A, Hinman AR, Wharton M. Immunization. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R (eds). Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, Seventh Edition. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier;2010:3917-3949.
  7. CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives. http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing. Accessed July 2, 2013.