August Is National Immunization Awareness Month
By Long Island News & PR Published: August 05 2014
Nassau County Department of Health Reminds Parents of Importance of Vaccinations
Nassau County, NY - August 5, 2014 - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, remind parents that updating their children's vaccinations should be added to their back-to-school list. Vaccines offer the best known protection against many devastating illnesses.
“Nassau County continues to see cases of vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, mumps and pertussis,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein. “The single best way to protect our children and the entire community from these serious and potentially life-threatening diseases is by ensuring appropriate vaccinations.”
The following is the New York State school immunization requirements for school entrance/attendance:
In addition to the immunizations required by day cares, nursery, pre-kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, the following are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: influenza, meningococcal, rotavirus, hepatitis A, and human papilloma virus vaccines. These groups also recommend additional doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, mumps, rubella, polio, haemophilus influenzae type b, and varicella vaccines. Some of these may be obligatory for enrollment in post-secondary schools or health care training programs. New York State’s Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) provides required vaccines to health care providers at no cost for uninsured children and those whose health insurance does not cover childhood immunizations.