National Immunization week set

FONDA — The National Infant Immunization Week will run from April 23 through April 28.

The Montgomery County Public Health encourages parents to talk with their child’s health care provider to ensure their child is up-to-date on immunizations, according to a news release.

The NIIW is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Parents want basic things for their children: To grow up knowing that they are loved; to provide them with opportunities in life to reach their fullest potential; and to be healthy and happy. There are many things parents want to give their children but good health is perhaps the greatest gift. The immunizations are one of the most important ways a parent can protect their child’s health against serious diseases, the news release stated.

Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is critical to protect them through immunization. Babies need to be immunized against these vaccine-preventable diseases before age two: Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, hepatitis B, chickenpox, haemophilus influenzae type B), hepatitis A, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), pneumococcal disease, flu, and rotavirus, the news release stated.

Timing and spacing of vaccine doses are two of the most important issues in the appropriate use of vaccines, the news release stated.

The MCPH works to ensure all children in the county are fully vaccinated according to the recommended schedule and provides vaccinations for children that qualify for New York State’s Vaccine For Children Program ages 6 months through 18.

To schedule an appointment for an immunization clinic or for more information, call (518) 853-3531 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, the news release stated.

By Kerry Minor

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