IT’S IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a good time to remember we all need to keep up to date with our “shots.”

“Talk with your doctor to make sure that you and your family are up to date with all your needed vaccines. They are among the safest and most important ways to prevent disease. Vaccines not only help protect you and your family, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases like the flu, measles, and pertussis (whooping cough),” said Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County Commissioner of Health.

The Rockland County Department of Health will be conducting an Evening Immunization Clinic for children, age 5 years old to 18 years old, on Monday, September 15, 2014 from 4 – 6:30 pm at the Robert Yeager Health Center, Building A, 2nd Floor, in Pomona. To make an appointment, call 845-364-2497 or 845-364-2520.

The Health Department also offers other clinics where residents of all ages can get their shots, including shots needed for foreign travel. For more information visit http://rocklandgov.com/departments/health/clinics-and-immunizations/ or call 845-364-2520. For more information about what shots you and your family need and when to get them, talk with your doctor, or visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/

Most health insurance plans cover the cost of recommended vaccines.