Madison County marks National Infant Immunization Week

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WAMPSVILLE — The week of April 25 is National Infant Immunization Week, an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunization and to improve the health of children age two and younger, notes a release from the Madison County Health Department.

Vaccine preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat.

They continue to infect children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year. We live in a day and age when immunization is extremely safe. Vaccines are thoroughly tested before being approved for public use and monitored carefully by doctors, researchers and public health officials.

Vaccines are among the most successful ways 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. Immunization is one of the best ways parents can protect their children against serious diseases.

Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure that their child is up-to-date on immunizations and to make and keep those appointments for needed immunizations.

Madison County Health Department also, holds immunization clinics throughout the year for individuals who may need them.

The next clinic is scheduled for April 27 from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Madison County Health Department 138 North Court Street, Building 5 Wampsville, NY.

To make an appointment, call 315.366.2848. For additional clinic dates, visit www.healthymadisoncounty.org. For more information on the vaccines your child needs, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html.

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