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August 22, 2017

August is National Immunization Awareness Month -

Whether Your Kids are Heading Off to Kindergarten or College, Make Sure They are Up to Date on Their Vaccines

OSWEGO COUNTY - Back-to-school season is here. It's time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It's also the perfect time for parents to make sure their children have all the vaccines they need to stay healthy. The Oswego County Health Department is reminding parents this August to ask the question, "Are my children up-to-date on their vaccinations?"

"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," said Director of Public Health Jiancheng Huang. "This time of year, students of all ages are getting ready for school, and this includes receiving required vaccinations. Everyone from infants to the elderly need vaccines to stay healthy throughout their life."

One of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious diseases is to make sure children have all the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). To find out what vaccines a child needs, check with your child's doctor or visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html.

Vaccines protect against several 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.

"Although vaccines have brought us very far in preventing disease, there are still cases of vaccine-preventable disease in New York each year," notes Jodi Martin, Supervising Public Health Nurse for Preventive Services with the Oswego County Health Department. "Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles or pertussis, are often linked to unvaccinated or under vaccinated adults and children. This past year we have seen numerous cases of mumps across the state, often in young adults. Therefore, it's very important to make sure that you're up-to-date on all the vaccines you need regardless of age."

The Oswego County Health Department holds 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, and by appointment, the third Tuesday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski.

To make an appointment for the Pulaski clinic and for more information, call the health department weekdays at 315-349-3547.

Additional information is available at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html or http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/.

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