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Generation After Generation:
Moms work to help keep their families healthy

Word of Mom: Celebrating Generations of Healthy Advice

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As a mom, your first priority is keeping yourself and your family healthy. Due to the continued threat of vaccine-preventable diseases, it is important to ensure immunizations for all family members are up to date to help protect them.1 That's why Sanofi Pasteur and March of Dimes are working together on the Word of Mom: Celebrating Generations of Healthy Advice Campaign. Our goal is to help empower moms to make the best health decisions for themselves and all members of their families, which includes following the recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination schedule.

The resources and tools you'll find on this site have been designed with your family's health needs in mind. While you're here, watch the Word of Mom Public Service Announcement (PSA), download an infographic of the adult immunization recommendations, and 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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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.1 But infants, children and adolescents aren't the only ones who need vaccines. Adults never outgrow the need for vaccination.2

Every year, the CDC publishes updates to the adult immunization schedule.2 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 young 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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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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Protect your Baby with Immunization. Updated April 21, 2014. Accessed on May 29, 2014.
  2. CDC. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years and adults aged 19 years and older—United States, 2014. MMWR 2014;63(05):108-109.