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National Immunization Awareness Month
Release Date: August 10, 2016

A Healthy Start: Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

Sussex County Public Health Nurses recognize August as National Immunization Awareness Month... a reminder that children need vaccines right from the start.

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Immunization gives parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before they turn 2 years old.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives - and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need - the Sussex County Health Department, Office of Public Health Nursing is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. The theme for this week is "A Healthy Start" and will focus specifically on protecting babies and young children though immunization.

Public Health Nursing will be vaccinating babies and young children at their Well Child Clinic on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM at the Wheatsworth Road facility. Appointments are required.

"Children who don't receive recommended vaccines are at risk of getting the disease or illness, and of having a severe case," said Michele Verones RN BSN, Senior Public Health Nurse. "Every dose of every vaccine is important to protect your child and others in the community from infectious diseases. Talk to your doctor or Public Health Nurse to make sure your child is up to date on all the vaccines he or she needs."

Today's childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough, and chickenpox. There are many important reasons to make sure your child is vaccinated:

  • Immunizations can protect your child from 14 serious diseases before they turn 2 years old.
  • Vaccination is very safe and effective.
  • Immunizations can protect others you care about.
  • Immunization can save your family time and money.
  • Immunization protects future generations by reducing the prevalence of serious diseases.

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.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents arrow icon or call

Sussex County Office of Public Health Nursing
973-579-0570
201 Wheatsworth Road
Hamburg, NJ 07419
www.sussex.nj.us/nursing

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