The mission of the Metro Health Immunization Program is to prevent and control transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases in persons of all ages, with emphasis on individuals at highest risk for under-immunization.
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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM14)!
The purpose of this observance is to highlight the importance of immunizations, one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th Century, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
Week 1: Back to School
Check the childhood immunization schedule for all recommended vaccines for ages 7 to 18.
Check the immunization requirements for school and child-care facilities to make sure that your child is up-to-date.
No Shots, No School!
- Be sure that your child has all of their required immunizations BEFORE school starts and that you have their updated shot record to show proof.
- If your child needs to get shots, be sure to bring an up-to-date shot record to the doctor's office or clinic so that the medical staff can accurately figure out what your child needs.
- Check out the local Back to School Immunization Events taking place now!
Why immunize your child?
- Immunizations create a shield of protection around your child at school, daycare, and at home!
- Have you seen news coverage lately on outbreaks of whooping cough and the measles? Protect your child from getting sick from these diseases by getting their shots!
What is the HPV vaccine? The HPV vaccine is cancer prevention. Read below for more information.
HPV is short for human papillomavirus. HPV is a life-saving vaccine that protects against cervical and anal cancers and other diseases caused by HPV. Preteens and teens need the HPV vaccine now to prevent HPV cancers later.
About 79 million people in the U. S., most in their teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV.
It's extremely important that all 3 doses are given to your child on time:
- First dose of HPV vaccine is given to your child at age at 11 or 12 years.
- Second dose of HPV vaccine is then given to your child 1-2 months later.
- Third dose of HPV vaccine is given to your child 6 months after the first dose.
HPV vaccine works best when it is given to boys and girls at age 11 or 12 years. Also preteens need to complete the HPV vaccines series prior to any exposure to HPV. That’s why HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years—the idea is true prevention.
Take advantage of any visit to the doctor – checkups, sick visits, even physicals for sports or college – to ask the doctor about what shots your preteens and teens need.
For more information about HPV and HPV vaccine: www.cdc.gov/hpv