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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2016
Contact: County Executive's Office, (845) 638-5122
              Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

GET CHILDREN VACCINATED! PROTECT THEIR HEALTH


NEW CITY, NY - - Did you know that one of the best ways to protect our children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations (shots)?  During National Infant Immunization (vaccination) Week, April 16 - 23, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert urge caregivers to talk to their children's doctor to be sure that they are up-to-date on all their vaccines.

It is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing protection early in life, before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. You can protect infants and toddlers from 14 serious childhood diseases, including pertussis (whooping cough) and measles, by making sure they get the recommended vaccines by age two. Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease, you may not have heard of some of the serious diseases they prevent. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children.

Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases, like measles. Vaccinations in the United States have helped end many diseases, like polio, and have greatly reduced the number of people who get sick from diseases, such as mumps, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and chicken pox. It is important to continue to get vaccinated to prevent a sudden increase in these diseases.

"From infants to older adults, timely immunizations are one of the most important ways to protect yourself and others from serious diseases and infections," said Dr. Ruppert.

The Health Department's Child Immunization Clinic provides immunizations for common childhood diseases, for children and adolescents enrolled in elementary through high school, on Wednesdays from 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM at the Robert L. Yeager Health Center, Building A, 2nd floor Rotunda area. For appointments or more information, call (845) 364-2520.

Need help paying for your children's vaccines? A program called Vaccines for Children (VFC) provides free or low-cost vaccines for eligible children 18 years of age or younger.  For more information about the VFC program or childhood vaccines, call the Health Department at (845) 364-2662, or visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website at www.aap.org/immunization.

For more information about the Health Department's Immunization Program, visit www.rocklandgov.com/departments/health/programs-and-services/immunization-program/.