National Infant Immunization Week April 25-April 29, 2011
April 25th through April 29th is National Infant Immunization Week. National Infant Immunization week is a time when Public Health focuses attention on administering vaccines and disseminating vaccine related information to children and parents so that everyone in Houston County are protected from the viruses and bacteria that can cause disease and illness. Houston County Health Department is working hard to educate parents and children about life threatening diseases that can be prevented by proper vaccination.
Infants and young children regularly receive immunizations against many diseases such as Haemophilus influenza, Hepatitis B, Polio, Chicken pox, and Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. As children become adolescents, and grow into adults, the Health Department is continuously working to educate the public on all vaccines. The Houston County Health Department will focus on the vaccines used to prevent Bacterial Meningitis and Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis for adults and adolescents. Bacterial Meningitis and Tetanus, Piptheria, and Pertussis can be easily spread from person to person, and can result in death if not treated. Bacterial meningtis is relatively rare, but when it occurs, it can affect people of all ages. Diseases such as Meningitis, Pertussis, and Dipteria can easily be spread from adolescents and adults (who have not been vaccinated) to babies who are not fully protected until one year of age. Meningtitis, Pertussis, and Diptheria can cause one to lose many days of work and the cost is enormous.
The good news is that these illnesses are completely preventable through proper vaccination! Proper vaccination of adults and adolescents is a quick and easy step in protecting one's personal health. Additionally, proper vaccination of adults and adolescents help protect our babies whose immune system's are still growing and strengthening while they finish their childhood vaccinations.
The Health Department has specially trained nurses ready to answer any vaccine related questions that you may have. Our nurses invite you to the Health Department located at 98 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA for a free review of your vaccination records. We will gladly recommend, discuss, and administer any necessary vaccinations that may be needed to keep you fully protected. We have a vast array of information that we can share with you to ensure that all of your vaccine related questions are answered. Some vaccines may be available free of charge or at a reduced cost, so be sure to talk with our helpful staff. Our hours of operation are: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, call (478) 218-2000.