Parents urged to immunize kids


COLDWATER – For the next few weeks, parents are going to be getting their children ready to head back to school.

And while they are getting the normal kinds of supplies such as notebooks, folders and pens, they should also not forget to get their child immunized.

Vaccine preventable diseases are still being reported in St. Joseph, Branch and Hillsdale Counties, and that's why the Community Health Agency wants to remind parents that the best way to protect your child or children from diseases is to immunize.

Rebecca Burns, Health Officer for the CHA, says vaccines are among the most successful and cost effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death.

In Michigan, all school age children are required to be vaccinated prior to starting school for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis or whooping cough, along with polio, measles, mumps and rubella, Hepatitis B, meningococcal and chickenpox.

Burns says parents should consider three other important immunizations: Flu; Hepatitis A and HPV.

Immunizations are available through primary care physicians and through the local health department. Students who lack health insurance that covers the costs of immunizations, are uninsured or are covered by Medicaid, may be eligible for free vaccinations through the Vaccines For Children Program.

You can call your local health provider to learn more or your local CHA office.

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