This month, we recognize the important role immunization plays in protecting our health. From vaccines for young children to flu shots for children of all ages, immunization is among the most important methods of preventive health.
The good news: Chatham County has among the highest immunization rates for children under three in the state. Around 96% of Chatham County children under three have received their vaccinations. This is critical to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and Chatham County parents are leading the way. Click here to read on!
It is time to immunize again!
The CDC is recommending that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu vaccine. For people who are at high risk, it is especially important to get vaccinated. High risk groups include: people with chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, and chronic lung disease), pregnant women and people over 65 years old. If you are a caregiver or family member of people at high risk, you should also be vaccinated. Where can you get vaccinated in Chatham County? Click here to find out!
If you have been listening to the local news in any capacity, then you are well aware the influenza season is here in full force. The Chatham County Public Health Department is urging those who have not been vaccinated against the flu this season to do so as soon as possible. There is still time. Click here!
Parents do all kinds of things to protect their children. They put child locks on cabinet doors, keep medications out of reach, take them to the doctor to make sure they are healthy, and ensure they are traveling in a safe car seat or booster seat.
Another thing that parents can do to protect their children is to make sure they receive their immunizations. There are several diseases that, thanks to immunizations, parents do not have to worry about their children contracting. Diseases such as measles, mumps, diphtheria, pertussis and others are rarely seen due to immunizations.
Is your child up to date on their immunizations?
*Hib (haemophilus influenza type B)
PCV (pneumococcal disease)
*Hepatitis B (if needed)
*Hib (if needed)
|6 months to 18 years(yearly)
*MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
*Varicella (chicken pox)
||Hepatitis A -2 doses 6 months apart
|4-6 years (beforestarting school)
||MCV (meningococcal disease)
*Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
HPV (human papillomavirus)-3 doseswith follow-up doses 2 and 6 months after first dose
*=Vaccines required by North Carolina law
If you don’t have insurance or your insurance doesn’t cover vaccines; a federal program called Vaccines for Children provides vaccines free of charge. Ask your child’s medical provider if they participate in this program or call your local health department.
The Chatham County Public Health Department is an excellent resource if you have questions about immunizations. You may contact the health department at 919-742-5641 in Siler City or 919-542-8220 in Pittsboro.
All other vaccines listed are recommended.