Health Department celebrates NIIW

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 23-30. 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, for all infants receiving immunizations during the month of April, parents will receive a free magnet with immunization schedule printed on it. The cost is $6 per child. The SNCHD accepts Medicaid and CHIPS. The health department will have a booth at the Family Fun Fair from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex.Family Planning services are available through several funding sources at the health department. 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 their web site at SNCHD does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age.