Immunization gives parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before age 2.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives – and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

The first week of the month will focus on babies and young children, and emphasize that a healthy start for little ones begins with on-time vaccinations. Parents should talk to their child’s doctor or other health care professional to make sure their child is up to date on all the vaccines he or she needs— including polio, measles, whooping cough, and chickenpox.

Immunizations can protect others you care about. Immunization can save your family time and money. Immunization protects future generations by reducing the prevalence of serious diseases. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their families and communities – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions. Parents can find out more about the recommended vaccines at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ or http://www.schsa.org/PublicHealth/pages/immunization/html/recommendations.shtm or call (209) 558- 7700. Information regarding immunizations is available at the Health Services Agency Public Health Clinic.

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