July 29, 2016
National Immunization Awareness Month
Back-to-school season is here. It's time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It's also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines. To celebrate the importance of immunizations for people of all ages - and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need as they go back to school - the Oswego County Health Department is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
"Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC's immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious diseases," said Jodi Martin, Supervising Public Health Nurse of Preventive Services with the Oswego County Health Department. "If you haven't done so already, now is the time to check with your child's healthcare provider to find out what vaccines your child needs."
Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community - including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions. Talk to your child's healthcare provider to find out which vaccines are recommended for them before going back to school.
The Oswego County Health Department offers a walk-in immunization clinic every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego. Vaccinations are also offered in the Pulaski Courthouse office by appointment only, on the third Tuesday of every month between 9 and 11 a.m.
For more information, and to schedule an appointment in Pulaski, call 349-3547. Those attending the clinics for shots should bring all insurance cards and a copy of their shot record. Parents can find out more about the recommended vaccines at www.cdc.gov or by calling the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3587.
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