Health department encouraging parents to vaccinate children

Press Staff Writer

        Parents should begin making plans now for vaccines that their children will need when they return to school in the fall.
        Physician offices often become busy with immunization appointments, so Wood County Health Department is encouraging parents to begin making their vaccine plans now.
        Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools for preventing disease and death. They help protect vaccinated individuals as well as entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
        Giving babies their recommended immunizations by age 2 and throughout childhood is the best way to protect them from many serious diseases, such as whooping cough and measles. Parents should ask their child’s doctor about what vaccines are recommended for their age.
        Wood County Health Department provides immunizations to children ages birth through 18 whose doctors do not offer them. Appointments are available from 1-3:30 May 23 and June 20 and from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and June 4.
        For more information or to make an appointment, call 419-352-8402. Most insurance and Medicaid are accepted. The cost without insurance is $20 per vaccine.
        The Wood County Community Health Center is accepting new patients and welcomes parents/guardians whose children do not have a medical provider.
        Call 419-354-9049 to schedule an appointment.
        The mission of Wood County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. The Community Health Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. All patients are welcome, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay. Most third-party insurances are accepted.
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