In observance of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders encourages Union County residents and parents to make vaccinating their children a priority and to talk to family and friends about protecting their children with vaccines.
During the week of April 16-23, Union County will observe NIIW, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of childhood immunizations.
“National Infant Immunization Week provides a valuable opportunity for our community to increase awareness of the importance for children to be vaccinated and the success of immunizations in preventing deadly diseases,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “Childhood vaccinations are one of the best ways for parents to protect their children against vaccine-preventable diseases.”
Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Among children born during 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.
Each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations. Countless more miss time from day care and school because they are under-immunized or inappropriately immunized.
Check your child’s immunization records and make sure they are up-to-date in their shots. For copies of your child’s immunization records, talk to your doctor.
If you’re concerned about the cost of shots, the Union County Immunization Center, offered through the Department of Human Services, can help. Children who are uninsured, Medicaid-eligible, Native American or Alaska native, or have insurance that does not cover the cost of the vaccine can get their shots free of cost through the Union County Immunization Center.
Located at 40 Parker Rd in Elizabeth, the UC Immunization Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information about childhood immunizations, or to make an appointment call 908-965-3868.