MIAMI COUNTY — Summer is almost over and that means it’s time for parents to begin thinking about back- to-school season. Along with the back-to-school necessities such as folders and backpacks, Miami County Public Health (MCPH) wants to remind parents to make sure their kids are up-to-date on their vaccines against serious diseases.
To emphasize the importance of vaccinations, MCPH is joining the CDC and public health agencies around the country in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
“It’s very important for children to have all of the recommended vaccines before heading back to school” said MCPH Health Commissioner Dennis Propes.
Unvaccinated children are at an increased risk for contracting vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps and rubella. They also may spread serious or potentially life threatening diseases, like pertussis, to high-risk individuals such as infants and other with weakened immune systems due to health conditions.
This fall will be the second school year that the new meningococcal vaccine requirement is in effect under Ohio Revised Code. All incoming seventh graders must have one dose of the meningococcal vaccine, and all incoming 12th graders must have a second dose of the vaccine.
Miami County Public Health offers vaccines through our immunization clinic. Our caring and compassionate nurses have years of experience and are the vaccine experts for infants, children, teens and adults of all ages. MCPH clinics accept Medicaid and most insurance.
MCPH Immunization Clinic hours are:
• Every Tuesday 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
• Every Thursday 8-11 a.m.
• First Thursday of each month 4-6:30 p.m.
Walk-ins are welcome.
MCPH is located at 510 W. Water St, Troy. For more information call (937) 573-3518 or visit www.miamicountyhealth.net.