Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease. Immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases and is estimated to avert between 2 and 3 million deaths each year. It is one of the most cost-effective health investments, with proven strategies that make it accessible to even the most hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations. It has clearly defined target groups; it can be delivered effectively through outreach activities; and vaccination does not require any major lifestyle change.
The Division of General Pediatrics encompasses academic general pediatrics. It is one of the largest divisions in the Department of Pediatrics. Members of the division are involved with clinical care, teaching, advocacy, administration and research.Our mission statement establishes our commitment to “improving the health of children by teaching and modeling the practice of general pediatrics, performing clinical research and promoting the role of the general pediatrician as a provider of primary care and advocate for children and their families.” Our vision is for the division to continue to be the best division of general pediatrics in the nation.
Although your pediatrician can solve most health problems of newborns, a Neonatologist is trained specifically to handle the most complex and high-risk situations. Newborn babies are not just small adults. A medical problem can mean a special challenge.If your newborn is premature, or has a serious illness, injury, or birth defect, a neonatologist may assist at the time of delivery and in the subsequent care of your newborn. If a problem is identified before your baby is born, a neonatologist may become involved to consult with your obstetrician in your baby’s care during your pregnancy.