SNCHD to celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month with special events

Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department (SNCHD), located at 301 E.12th, encourages parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on immunizations. All students entering kindergarten are required to have two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine and two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine; and all students entering seventh grade are required to have one dose of Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoids and acellular Pertussis vaccine (TDAP) vaccine, one dose of meningococcal vaccine and two doses of varicella vaccine, unless the child has history of varicella disease (chickenpox) or documentation of varicella immunity.National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is observed during the month of August. NIAM provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. The health department wants to encourage all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. The first Wednesday, Aug. 6, SNCHD will focus on students going to college. All college students vaccinated will receive a tote bag; the second Wednesday, Aug. 13, SNCHD will focus on children going back to school. SNCHD will have an immunization fun day event. Each child receiving immunizations will receive a balloon, free 16 ounce travel cup and have a chance to win a McDonald’s gift card or Dairy Queen Blizzard. Those participating do not have to be present to win. Representatives from Molina Healthcare (Medicaid and CHIP) will have a table set up from 8:30-11:30 a.m., so those with uninsured children can inquire about their services. Buzzi the Bee, the immunization mascot, will be available to see the children from 2-4 p.m. Parents are asked to bring their child’s immunization record. The third Wednesday, Aug. 20, SNCHD will focus on a healthy start. All infants vaccinated will receive some wipes and pregnant women vaccinated will receive a tote bag. On the fourth Wednesday, Aug. 27, SNCHD will focus on adults. All adults vaccinated will receive a tote bag.SNCHD has an immunization clinic 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. Children with private health insurance need to be vaccinated by their physician unless their insurance does not pay for vaccines. SNCHD encourages parents to call their insurance provider to find out if they cover cost of vaccines, if not the child can be vaccinated at the health department. There is a $10 administration fee per a person, Children’s Medicaid and CHIPS are accepted. Adults with private insurance must go to their physician. Please call the health department at 235-5463 or your local doctor if you have questions about immunizations.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 sexually transmitted diseases. For an appointment call 235-2869.For more information about the services offered at the health department, visit our web site at, and check us out on Facebook page.The Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex.