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New mothers and pregnant women in York City can learn more about the immunizations their children can get at a baby shower held by the City of York Health Bureau on Wednesday, April 20.

The Health Bureau, 435 W Philadelphia St., wants to make sure all babies get the vaccinations they need, when they need them so they can prevent outbreaks of preventable infectious diseases, said Debra Stoops, immunization program coordinator.

"It's just all about babies and care," Stoops said. "We do a couple games, a baby safety game and one about immunizations. There's a lot of information on immunizations and how they help."

There is one case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, currently in Hershey Medical Center, according to Stoops. She said preventing small babies from getting this kind of disease is why the Health Bureau educates the community about immunizations.

"It really brings it home when you see this tiny baby laying there, struggling to breathe because of whooping cough," Stoops said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was an increase in cases of pertussis in Pennsylvania from 2013 to 2014. There was a 15 percent increase overall in the United States.

The CDC recommends infants get multiple immunizations starting at birth. There is a schedule of when vaccines are recommended to be given that includes information about the vaccine and what it prevents.

Women will go home with a gift bag and a package of diapers, Stoops said. They also have the chance to win four car seats, two breast pumps and a couple of baby gates.

Stoops said there is room for 30 people to join the baby shower and encouraged people to register early. Registration can be made by calling the City of York Bureau of Health at (717) 849-2299.

Immunizations will not be given out at the baby shower, but people are encouraged to make appointments with the Bureau of Health to get their vaccines. To schedule an appointment, call (717) 815-0910.

— Reach Katherine Ranzenberger at kranzenberger@yorkdispatch.com.

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