National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities. This yearâ€™s NIIW is April 21-28. Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is critical to protect them through immunizations. Each day, nearly 12,000 babies are born in the United States who will need to be immunized against 14-vaccine-preventable diseases before age two. If you think your infant, toddler or adolescent child needs immunizations, contact your local health care provider or call us at the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department (SNCHD) at 235-5463. SNCHD provides immunizations every Wednesday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. and the second Wednesday of each month until 6 p.m. To celebrate NIIW all infants receiving immunizations on Wednesday, April 25, will receive a free no-spill cup. Children with private health insurance need to be vaccinated by their physicianÂ unless private insurance does not pay for vaccines then the child can be vaccinated at the health department. There is aÂ $6 administration fee per a child. Medicaid and CHIPS are accepted.
The health department will be participating in the Family Fun Fair on Wednesday, April 4, from 4-6 p.m. at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex. They will have information on immunizations and Immtrac and children visiting the booth will receive a free back pack.
Family Planning services are available through several funding sources. Services include pap smears, breast exams, pregnancy testing, methods of birth control and screening and testing for sexual transmitted diseases. For an appointment call 235-2869.
For more information about the services offered at the health department, visit the health department's web site at www.nolancountyhealth.com.
The SNCHD does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age.