Carson City, NV (April 23, 2015) – Carson City Health & Human Services, in partnership with Immunize Nevada, is holding a free Baby Expo & Vaccination Clinic, Saturday, April 25 from 9am to noon at 900 East Long Street, Carson City. The event is part of Nevada Infant Immunization Week and is for children (and their parents) ages 2 months to 6 years. All recommended childhood vaccines will be available. Parents need to bring their children’s vaccination records, which can be accessed through their doctor or online at https://izrecord.nv.gov/public/WebCode/PublicPortal/Frame.aspx.
Most insurance, Medicaid and Nevada Check-Up will be accepted and parents are reminded to bring their insurance cards and child’s vaccination records to the event. There is a sliding fee for those without insurance. The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides vaccines to children who are underinsured or whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them.
Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age 2 is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles — among others. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure that their baby is up to date on immunizations. A complete vaccination schedule can be accessed at www.immunizenevada.org/vaccineschedule.
Nevada Infant Immunization Week
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has proclaimed April 18 – 25 Nevada Infant Immunization Week, to coincide with the annual national observance of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW).
The state and national observance of NIIW highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrates the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States.
“Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective tools available for preventing disease and even death,” said Immunize Nevada Executive Director Heidi Parker. “The key is making sure they’re used, following the recommended schedule.”
The CDC says that vaccines not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but they also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Among children born between 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.
“Vaccines have been successful, which means that many of us don’t really understand how serious the diseases are that they prevent,” Parker explained. “But vaccine-preventable diseases still exist, as evidenced by the measles outbreak last month. This makes it so important for all parents to educate themselves and to protect their children.”
“And the reality is, these diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children,” Parker continued. “That is why the recommended immunization schedule protects infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.”
During the last week in April for the past 20 years, hundreds of communities across the United States have joined those in countries around the world to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting the health of our children, families and communities. The United States celebrates NIIW as part of World Immunization Week (April 24-30, 2015), an initiative of the World Health Organization.
Please visit Immunize Nevada’s website for more information: www.immunizenevada.org/kids.
Immunize Nevada advocates for and educates about the benefits of vaccines and fosters statewide collaboration to achieve Nevada’s health priorities. Immunize Nevada’s vision is for healthy communities across Nevada being protected from vaccine-preventable disease. For more information, visit ImmunizeNevada.org.