Health Department celebrates NIIW

April 23, 2013

Pictured are Tanja Jennings and Lilia Melendez, nurses at the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, with teddy bears that will be given to infants during immunization clinics in April to celebrate National Infant Immunization Week. The teddy bears were made by the ladies at Roscoe’s Church of Christ.

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 year’s NIIW is April 20-27. 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 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 Wednesdays the month of April, will receive a handmade stuff teddy bear made by the ladies at Roscoe Church of Christ. Children with private health insurance need to be vaccinated by their physician unless private insurance does not pay for vaccines. Then the child can be vaccinated through the VFC program. There is a $6 administration fee per a child. Medicaid and CHIPS are accepted.
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 our 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.

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