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April 21st – April 28th is designated as National Immunization Week and Rice County Public Health would like to remind parents to get their children vaccinated.
Vaccines not only prevent disease in those who are vaccinated, but protect the entire community by helping to prevent and reduce the spread of infectious disease.
Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases. It is also important that adults and children who spend time around infants are up-to-date on their vaccinations. This helps to provide a “cocoon of protection” for the infant.
Rice County Public Health encourages everyone to check their immunization record and their child’s immunization record to make sure they are up-to-date.
Children who are uninsured or have insurance that does not cover the cost of the vaccine can receive vaccinations free or at reduced cost through the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program. People can contact their health care provider or Rice County Public Health for more information about that program.
Rice County Public Health provides immunizations for those in need of immunizations and without a regular source of health care. Walk-in immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Rice County Public Health, 320 Third Street NW, Faribault. Vaccines are supplied by the Minnesota Department of Health and available for children who are uninsured or underinsured, or on Minnesota Health Care programs. Vaccines are also available for adults who are uninsured or lack insurance coverage for vaccines.
For more information about National Infant Immunization Week, or childhood vaccinations visit www.health.state.mn.us/immunize or contact Rice County Public Health for more information at 507-332-6111.
CONTACTS:Deb Purfeerst, Rice County Public Health Director, (507) 332-6111Susan Prieve, Rice County Public Health Supervisor, (507) 332-6111Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator, (507) 332-6121