Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

April 24, 2018
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
               Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

Give your children a healthy start in life

NEW CITY, NY - - Did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all their vaccinations? During National Infant Immunization Week, April 21 - 28, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert encourage you to make sure your infants and toddlers get regular check-ups and vaccinations.

Routine check-ups allow your child's doctor to keep a close eye on your child's general health, growth and development, and give them shots to help prevent many diseases. This time is also used to discuss ways to keep your child safe and healthy, and find health problems early, when chances for treatment are better.

"It is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect 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 wonderful success of vaccines in preventing disease, you may not have heard of some of the serious diseases they prevent. These diseases can be especially dangerous for infants and young children," said Dr. Ruppert.

Protecting babies from whooping cough begins before a baby is even born. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all pregnant women should receive the whooping cough vaccine, or Tdap during each pregnancy. Learn more at

It's also important to make sure your children have all their shots, too, as they grow older. The Health Department's Child Immunization Clinic provides immunizations for common childhood diseases, for children and adolescents enrolled in elementary through high school, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:45 AM – 11:00 AM at the Robert L. Yeager Health Center, Building A, 2nd floor Rotunda area. For appointments or more information, call (845) 364-2497.

Need help paying for your children's vaccines? A program called Vaccines for Children (VFC) provides free vaccines for eligible children, from birth to age 18. For more information about the VFC program or childhood vaccines, call the Health Department at (845) 364-2662, or visit the New York State Department of Health website at

New York State has a health insurance plan for children, called Child Health Plus. Depending on your family's income, your child may be eligible to join Medicaid or Child Health Plus for free or at a low cost. For more information, and help with enrolling, call (845) 364-3394.

For more information about the Health Department's Immunization Program, visit