National Infant Immunization Week Starts Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:38

Summerville, GA – National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 22 – April 29, 2017, and the Chattooga County Health Department urges everyone to protect infants from vaccine-preventable diseases by ensuring our little ones and everyone around them are vaccinated and up-to-date on their immunization schedules.

“Vaccines are crucial to protecting children before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases,” said Chattooga County Health Department Nurse Manager Judy Wesson. “Immunization is a shared responsibility and we as parents, family, friends and health care providers can help keep our children and our communities protected by staying current on our immunization schedule. We urge parents to speak with their pediatrician or health care provider at every visit to make sure their infant is up-to-date on vaccinations.”

According to the most recent data available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Immunization Survey, Georgia immunization rates for Tdap were below the national average, ranking them 39th compared to other states.  NIIW is a call to action to ensure that parents, grandparents and caregivers receive a dose of Tdap to protect infants from pertussis and that all infants are fully vaccinated against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. 

The Chattooga County Health Department encourages everyone – in observance of National Infant Immunization Week – to protect the little ones who cannot yet protect themselves: contact your pediatrician or your local public health department to ensure your infant is up-to-date on vaccinations. 

Acceptable payment methods include cash, credit-or-debit card, Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia, Cigna, and United Health Care SHBP. 

Chattooga County Health Department hours are Monday – Wednesday 7:30 am to 5 pm, Thursday 8 am to 6:30 pm, and Friday 8 am to 2 pm.   The Environmental Health office’s hours are Monday – Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm.

 


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