Monday, July 31, 2017
Vaccines are as important to your health as diet and exercise. From birth through adulthood, vaccinations provide protection against many diseases and infections, yet vaccine-preventable infections continue to kill more individuals each year than breast cancer, HIV/AIDS or traffic accidents.
In an effort to help educate the public of the importance of vaccines in protecting individuals and communities, the Atlantic County Division of Public Health will celebrate August as National Immunization Awareness Month by providing several activities throughout the county.
“Vaccines are one of the safest and easiest ways to provide protection for yourself and your family,” noted Atlantic County Public Health Officer Patricia Diamond. “Vaccine-preventable diseases can be deadly if they spread to the very young or very old who are generally at greater risk.”
Information and educational packets will be available at the Atlantic County 4-H Fair on August 10-12, 12:30-10 PM with guidelines and recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control.
Adult Vaccination Clinics will be held in Northfield on August 8, 18 and 29 and in Hammonton on August 22 for residents without insurance or insurance that does not cover immunizations.
Child vaccinations will be provided every Wednesday in August for children without insurance or those who have NJ Family Care A.
Appointments are necessary for both adult and child vaccinations and can be made by calling (609) 645-7700, ext. 4500.
The Division of Public Health will also hold immunization workshops for day care providers on August 8 and school nurses on September 15.
For more information about vaccinations for adults and children, visit www.aclink.org/public-health