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Cherokee Co. Public Health highlights National Infant Immunization Week

CHEROKEE CO., April 23, 2014-- National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.  Since 1994, NIIW has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ensure that infants are fully immunized against fourteen (14) vaccine-preventable diseases. 

Infants and children need to be vaccinated because they are more likely to develop complications or die from vaccine-preventable diseases.  Immunization is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their children’s health.  Today we can protect children from fourteen (14) serious diseases.  Failure to vaccinate may mean putting children at risk. Vaccines are very safe and effective. Like any other medicine, they can occasionally cause mild reactions like a sore arm or a slight fever. Serious reactions are very rare. Parents must always weigh their options, but should consider that the risk of contracting disease is much greater than the risk of adverse reaction to immunization.

This year NIIW will be held April 26-May 3, 2014.  During National Infant Immunization week, Cherokee County Public Health will honor our commitment to public health by administering vaccines for the reduced price of $1.00 each to all eligible children between 0 – 36 months.  The clinic is located in Jacksonville at 510 E. Commerce. Questions can be answered by calling 903-586-6191. The clinic is open from 7-12 and 1-6, Monday through Thursday.  You can also find us on Facebook, or to learn more about preventable disease, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines.   

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