|Back to school public immunization clinic August 28 in North Branch|
StaffTo assist families without health insurance or lack of coverage due to a capped insurance plan or a deductible not met; Chisago County Public Health Department will be holding a "Back to School" immunization clinic on Friday, August 28, from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Chisago County Health & Human Services building in North Branch. If your child is on a Minnesota Health Care Plan, please bring the program card to the clinic. Also bring a copy of your child's immunization records to determine immunizations needed for school. A $5 donation per immunization is suggested for those not on a state health plan. No one will be refused for inability to pay. A parent or guardian must accompany students under 18 years of age. For more information, please contact Pam Bates, PHN, at 651-213-5225.
National Immunization Awareness Month
August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly.
Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild poliovirus in the United States, and significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases. But despite these efforts, people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Vaccines offer safe and effective protection from infectious diseases. By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their families and friends and their communities from serious, life-threatening infections.
Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting community effort regardless of age, sex, race, ethnic background or country of origin. Recommended vaccinations begin soon after birth and continue throughout life. Being aware of the vaccines that are recommended for infants, children, adolescents, adults of all ages and seniors, and making sure that we receive these immunizations, are critical to protecting ourselves and our communities from disease.
Because children are particularly vulnerable to infection, most vaccines are given during the first five to six years of life. Other immunizations are recommended during adolescent or adult years and, for certain vaccines, booster immunization are recommended throughout life. Vaccines against certain diseases that may be encountered when traveling outside of the U.S. are recommended for travelers to specific regions of the world. For additional information on immunizations visit the following websites: www.health.state.mn.us or www.cdc.gov.