National Infant Immunizaiton Week
National Infant Immunization Week reminds us of the importance of immunizations and it is a great time to check our children’s immunization records to be sure they are up-to-date with all the recommended immunizations.
A measles outbreak continues in Hennepin County affecting unvaccinated children. Measles is a highly contagious disease spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. It has lead to several hospitalizations for the affected children. Please check your children’s immunization records. If you need a copy of their immunization records your may contact your medical clinic or Countryside Public Health.
Every child 12 months or older should have at least 1 dose of MMR (measles, mumps and Rubella) vaccine. The second dose is usually given prior to Kindergarten. Vaccines are available at your medical clinic or any of the Countryside Public Health Offices. For children without health insurance, the Minnesota Vaccines for Children Program provides the vaccine and you are asked to pay a small vaccination fee.
Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases
Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.
Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure a healthy future for their child. It is also important to comply with the MN School Immunization Law.
Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.
Call your medical clinic to schedule an appointment today for needed vaccines
The MnVFC program is available at area medical clinics and Countryside Public Health for those children without health insurance coverage. Contact your medical clinic or Countryside Public Health at 320-839-6135, or Gloria at 1-800-598-7313, if you need a current copy of your child’s immunization record in MIIC or if you have questions on what vaccines your child needs.