National Immunization Awareness Month

Release Date:  Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Contact:  Molly Swanson, Operations Manager
402-336-2406 x221
molly@ncdhd.ne.gov

Audience: Media/Parents

Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases
National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.

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.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for people of all ages – and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need as they go back to school – North Central District Health Department is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious diseases,” said Roger Wiese, Executive Director of North Central District Health Department. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to find out what vaccines your child needs.”

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.

Parents can find out more about the recommended vaccines at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ or call North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) in O’Neill at 402-336-2406.  NCDHD is your local public health department serving Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce, and Rock counties.

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