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August is National Immunization Awareness Month -- Are your child's vaccines up to date?

By Billie Owens

Press release:

Back-to-School season is here! It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new daycare, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college freshman – parents should also check their child’s vaccine records. 

“These settings are highly susceptible to outbreaks of infectious diseases,” said Dr. Gregory Collins, Wyoming County Health commissioner. “Children can easily transmit illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, uncovered coughs, dense populations and other factors.”

To emphasize the importance of immunizations for people of all ages – and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – the Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming county health departments are joining partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. 

“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure a healthy future for their children,” said Paul Pettit, Genesee & Orleans Public Health director. "If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.”

Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.  When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

Talk to your child’s doctor to find out which vaccines are recommended for them before going back to school.

For more information about the recommended vaccines for each age group visit:

Information on NYS Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance:

For more information about Health Department services, use the contact information below.

George Richardson

Within the last two months I have watched every episode of ER. When it comes to vaccines, don't play around. I'm up to date on binge watching Grey's Anatomy too, don't play stupid. Ben Casey MD and Doctor Kildare have my back. Get real unless you hate your kids, then just pretend you forgot they were in the backseat of your car at 125 degrees for an hour and depending on how good a liar you are you might not go to prison. That cooking kids thing has got to stop. Tears be damned, could you kill your kid and pretend you didn't know? That is a sick out to parenthood. Totally unrelated but think about it, it's happening way to often to be coincidence and i'm a liberal Democrat.

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