2014 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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August 14, 2014        Print version

Off to the future means vaccines for Young Adults, too!
College and beyond, keeping up on immunizations protects students at home and school

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.  For young adults, moving out into a new world on their own also means keeping their immune system strong and healthy. 

“When you leave home, there is no one to tell you when or what to eat, or when to sleep,” said Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD. “Often students find their health declines when they leave the regimen and structure of family life.  Immunizations are often the last thing on a student’s mind when it comes to college or adulthood.”  Dr. Reiber added there are mobile phone applications designed to help users learn more about vaccines.   “CDC Vaccine Schedules” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention features immunization schedules by age and health condition as well as helpful information about vaccines.

Dr. Reiber noted now is the time to get vaccinated for flu, whooping cough, tetanus and HPV before they leave for college.  Especially since some diseases can spread quickly in settings like college dorms and classrooms.

“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.”

To find out which vaccines you need and where you can get them, contact your healthcare provider or the Dutchess County Department of Health’s Immunization Program at 845-486-3409 or clinics@dutchessny.gov  or visit www.dutchessny.gov






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