Back to School Media Room
San Francisco, California | Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The March of Dimes has long supported efforts to increase immunization coverage and was in fact founded more than 75 years ago with a mission to prevent polio. March of Dimes funded the research that produced vaccines that have nearly eliminated polio worldwide. Immunizations are one of the most cost-effective and successful public health interventions. Public participation in immunization programs is critical to their effectiveness. Protection is greatly affected by rates of immunization: the more people immunized, the less the risk of exposure of everyone to, and illness from, vaccine-preventable infections. Vaccines help to protect the health of all children, particularly those who are too young or too vulnerable – such as those born prematurely – to be immunized themselves.
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Read a feature story about the importance of back-to-school vaccines.
In June, California Governor Jerry Brown signed March of Dimes-supported SB 277 into law. Here you will find our March of Dimes California SB 277 Fact Sheet, along with an infographic regarding measles in the United States. Governor Jerry Brown released a statement upon his signing of SB 277.
About March of Dimes
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.