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RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County Hosts
Symposium on 2008 Immunization Regulations

RUNNELLS - Symposium on 2008 Immunization Regulations
L-R - Dr. Patricia Baran, guest speaker at the RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital Immunization Symposium; Joan I. Wheeler, MSN, RN, CNHA, Associate Administrator of Runnells Specialized Hospital; Kay Young, RN, MS, Coordinator of Union County’s Immunization Center, and Sarah M. Stival, Professional Biological Products Specialist with Sanofi Pasteur.

RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County recently held a symposium on 2008 Immunization Regulations. The objective of the program was to inform school nurses and other health professionals of the new immunization requirements for school admission effective September 1st and to provide an update on vaccine information for the community at large. The symposium was jointly sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur; through an educational grant in partnership with the Union County Immunization Program, which is under the auspices of Union County’s RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital and Department of Human Services.

The featured speaker was Patricia Baron, M.D., Education Immunization Specialist for Sanofi Pasteur.

“Dr. Baran’s informative lecture dealt with current health regulations that affect us all,” said Union County Freeholder Chester Holmes, RUNNELLS liaison. “She noted that our school and other health professionals are on the forefront of keeping numerous diseases at bay. Through the county’s Immunization Program, we strive to deliver essential immunizations for the children of Union County and health information that affects their families as well.”

The Union County Immunization Center provides free immunizations through the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program to all Union County children 18 and under. During 2007 the center dispensed almost 24,000 vaccines to the nearly 8,000 eligible Union County children that were seen at the center.

The children were immunized against 18 different communicable diseases including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, meningitis, influenza, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, varicella, pneumococcal Conjugate, Haemophilus influenzae Type b, Rota Virus, Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

The center is located at 342 Westminster Ave. in Elizabeth, 1st fl. It is open Monday through Thursday from 8:15am-3:00pm. For more information call the Immunization Center at