2014 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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August 7, 2014        Print version

Back to School! Protect Your Student at Every Age!
Dutchess County recommends making sure your child is fully vaccinated before going to school.

Poughkeepsie, NY .... Dutchess County Department of Health continues the celebration of National Immunization Awareness Month by underscoring the importance of students having all of the vaccines on time before entering school this year. 
“Many parents of today’s students have never witnessed the damaging effects of a vaccine-preventable disease and may not understand the importance of making sure their children receive all of their recommended vaccines on time,” said Henry M. Kurban, MD, MBA, MPH, FACPM, Commissioner of Health.  “Vaccines are among the safest and most cost-effective methods to prevent disease”
Diseases such as measles are only a plane ride away. Measles epidemics are occurring in the United States, and recently in New York City.
“When a child comes down with whooping cough, chickenpox or the flu, they may miss a lot of school while recovering and requiring someone to stay home to provide care and make trips to the doctor,” said Reiber.  “In a school setting, vaccine-preventable diseases are easily spread, which is why it is important to protect our students by keeping their vaccinations up to date.”
In addition to the immunization schedule for school entry, there are four recommended vaccines for pre-teens and teens:
HPV vaccine for both boys and girls, protecting against HPV which can cause cancers of the cervix, vulva and vagina, and penis.
Tdap vaccine, protects against pertussis (whooping cough) which can keep kids out of school and activities for weeks. It spread to babies, it can be deadly.
Meningococcal vaccine, protects against meningococcal disease caused by bacteria (bacterial meningitis) resulting in a serious infection around the brain and spinal cord.
Influenza (flu) vaccine, because even healthy kids can get the flu, and it can be serious. All kids, including your pre-teens and teens, should get the flu vaccine every year.
Families who need help paying for childhood vaccines should ask their healthcare provider about the Vaccines for Children program, which provides vaccines at no cost to eligible children who do not otherwise have access to immunization.  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/
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 Clinics@dutchessny.gov or visit DutchessNY.gov





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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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