Infant Immunization Week- Extended Hours
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 and their parents miss work because they are under-immunized or inappropriately immunized.
During the week of April 24- May 1, 2010, the Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) will observe National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of childhood immunizations.
In observance of National Infant Immunization Week, the Cascade City-County Health Department will have extended hours on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, and will be open from 8am-7pm.
During NIIA Week, Amazing Toys has donated coupons for health department staff to give to children who come in for immunizations that week or can show proof of being fully immunized. The Amazing Toys coupons are for 30% off of any $10 purchase.
Trixie Smith, Prevention Services Manager for the CCHD says, “One of the most important ways a parent can keep their child healthy is to make sure they are fully immunized. Hopefully, with the evening hours, many parents will take advantage of this opportunity.”
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.