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Back to school immunizations: Exemptions removed
The Spectator - 7/24/2019
Jul. 24--BELMONT -- The Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH) reminds you that the month of August is designated as, "National Immunization Awareness Month."
New this year: New York State Legislation removed all non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The United States is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the crisis.
Immunizations help parents to protect their children from 14 serious and sometimes deadly diseases, including measles, before they turn 2 years old. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their family and community including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.
For school age children, parents should remember compliance with New York State immunization requirements is mandatory for school enrollment. School age children need boosters for four vaccines between the ages of 4 to 6 (DTaP-diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio. Older children, like preteens and teens, need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines when they are age 11 to 12. A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months and older.
Off to college or their chosen career? Parents of young adults should send them off to the future fully protected by making sure they are up to date on all vaccines recommended for them. Even healthy young adults need protection from diseases like the flu, whooping cough and HPV.
Remember, adults need vaccines, too. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus, shingles and pneumonia. The specific vaccines adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, pre-existing health conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. All adults should talk to their health care providers about which vaccines are right for them.
You want to pass on family traditions, a grandmother's quilt or dad's love of books, but no one wants to pass on a serious illness. Take charge of your health and help protect those around you by asking about vaccines at your next doctor's visit. National Immunization Awareness Month provides an opportunity to remind Allegany County residents of all ages to "catch-up" on their vaccinations.
The Allegany County Department of Health is offering the following immunization clinics to assist county residents vaccinate their children before school begins in September. The immunization clinics scheduled for Aug. 6 through Aug. 16 will fit the 14 day window for children who do not have the required vaccines to attend school this fall.
The Allegany County Department of Health immunization clinics are held in Belmont at the county office building:
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
--Insurance companies will be billed (bring insurance cards with you), if you have no insurance or are underinsured a sliding fee scale is available.
--Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or official guardian, no exceptions.
--Call 585-268-9250 for appointments. No walk in service.
For additional information or to make an appointment, contact the Allegany County Department of Health at 585-268-9250.
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