Parents agree that establishing schedules for eating and sleeping are important for keeping their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual event that highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and the success of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States.
Public health and medical experts base vaccine recommendations on many factors. They study information about diseases and vaccines very carefully to decide which vaccines kids should get and when they should get them for best protection. “Here in the U.S., our current schedule of infant and child vaccines has proven to be among the most effective public health measures in history. Our routinely administered vaccines are readily available, safe, and highly effective, and have resulted in the near complete disappearance of around a dozen infectious diseases that in the past resulted in thousands of severe illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths annually among children. This is an accomplishment worth celebrating!” reports Dr. Jeffrey Moore Medical Advisor for Lincoln County Health Department.
Jennifer Johnson RN, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln County Health Department adds, “It is essential that good information regarding vaccines is available to all residents. Also, it is necessary to know which diseases can be prevented through proper immunization. Call the Lincoln County Health Department for any questions regarding vaccine preventable disease.”
During the week of April 22nd through April 29th the Lincoln County Health Department will observe NIIW and promote vaccinations for infants, children and adults. To celebrate, call the Lincoln County Health Department at 715-536-0307 and have your immunization record checked to see if you are up-to-date with recommended vaccines.
Lincoln County Health Department reminds residents that we offer monthly immunization clinics by appointment only in Merrill (at the Health Department) every second Tuesday from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. and third Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. for those eligible. For more information on immunizations or to make an appointment, contact the Lincoln County Health Department at 715-536-0307.