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Bellone, Tomarken Promote Immunization

Steve Bellone and Health Commissioner James Tomarken announced the expansion of the Shots for Tots program.

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Suffolk County, NY - August 6, 2013 - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Health Commissioner James Tomarken announced today that the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) is ramping up its Shots for Tots program this month and encouraging residents to make sure that they and their children are up to date on their vaccinations, especially since the beginning of the school year is quickly approaching.

“Immunizations are one of greatest accomplishments of the 20th Century,” said Bellone. “Vaccines protect not only the immunized individuals but also the entire community.”

Dr. Tomarken noted, “Immunizations are important throughout life and are the safest most cost-effective ways to prevent disease. We encourage families and adults, especially those with particular health conditions, to make sure that they are being protected against flu, pertussis, hepatitis and many other preventable and potentially deadly diseases. ”

Residents are encouraged to check with their health care providers to make sure they have all the shots they need. For those families without health insurance or whose insurance does not cover immunizations, the county offers Shots for Tots clinics, which are part of the nationwide Immunization Action Program. Below is the schedule of clinics scheduled for the month of August.

Shots for Tots

Tuesday, August 6th -- 3:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Middle Country Library, 575 Middle Country Road, Selden, NY 11784, (631) 854-0222

Wednesday, August 7th -- 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Pronto of Long Island, 128 Pine Aire Drive, Bay Shore, NY 11706, (631) 231-8290

Wednesday, August 14th -- 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Pronto of Long Island, 128 Pine Aire Drive, Bay Shore, NY 11706, (631) 231-8290

Tuesday, August 20th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Longwood Public Library, 800 Middle Country Road, Middle Island, NY 11953, (631) 924-6400

Wednesday August 21, 2013--9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Pronto of Long Island, 128 Pine Aire Drive, Bay Shore, NY 11706, (631) 231-8290

Tuesday, August 27th -- 3:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Sachem Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook, NY 11741, (631) 588-5024

Wednesday, August 28th -- 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 9 Clinton Avenue & Main Street, Monsignor Purick Hall, Bay Shore, NY 11706, (631) 854-0222

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