Making sure children stay up-to-date with vaccinations is the best way to make sure our communities and schools are protected against many communicable diseases. During the early years of life, children are recommended to get vaccines to protect them from 14 diseases that can be serious, even life-threatening.
The Florida Department of Health in Bay County will conduct a Back to School Shot Clinics in August. August 9th and 12th-16th, from 8:00am-1:00 pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm to help children get ready to go back to school. On Saturday, August 10 from 10 am until 2 pm, the health department will offer a Back to School Shot Blast with something for the entire family - car seat safety information, diabetes risk screening, and even face painting.
These events will be held at the Florida Department of Health in Bay County Auditorium, 597 West 11th Street. Immunizations will be provided free to children K5 through12th grade and no appointment is necessary. A parent or legal guardian should be present and bring a copy of the child's shot record.
"Some vaccine-preventable diseases have become very rare thanks to vaccines but outbreaks still happen," said Douglas M. Kent, MPH, Administrator, Florida Department of Health in Bay County. For example, more than 20,000 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) were reported in this country through July 2012 (CDC) and many more cases go unreported. Another disease that can spread very easily in a school environment is measles. "Preventing diseases, being prepared, and taking personal responsibility are three important areas of health every Floridian has the power to control," said Kent.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information on which vaccines are needed for each age. Go to <http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child.html#print>. For more information regarding immunizations and other preventive health measures, please call 850-872-4455 or visit the Bay County Health Department website at www.baycountyhealth.org http://www.baycountyhealth.org.
Information provided by the Bay County Health Department