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August 2, 2013        Print version

Off to College: Even Healthy Young Adults Need Vaccines
Dutchess County Celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month, to celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life and to help remind everyone vaccines are needed to maintain a healthy body and community.
“You might think you have outgrown the need for vaccines when you graduated from high school and moved out of your parents’ house,” said Acting Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD. “Every year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccinations.”

Dr. Reiber added this is a perfect time to make sure young adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus and HPV, especially before they leave for college.  Especially since some diseases can spread quickly in settings like college dorms and classrooms, many colleges and universities have vaccination entry requirements.  The specific vaccines needed are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. Dutchess County has additional resources and information available at

“Immunizations are not just for children. Even healthy young adults need protection against vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Reiber. “The truth is you never outgrow the need for immunizations.  Speak with your healthcare provider to find out what vaccines are right for you.”

The Dutchess County Department of Health offers screening and immunization clinics for the uninsured and underinsured as well as referral services for individuals without a regular healthcare provider.  For more information, call (845) 486-3535 or

To find out which vaccines might be right for you and where you can get vaccinated, visit or call the Dutchess County Department of Health Immunization Program at (845) 486-3409.




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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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