Mills County Public Health joins the Iowa Department of Public Health, the CDC and other local Public Health departments across Iowa in recognizing April 21 through 28 as National Infant Immunization Week.
The observance is held every year to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs.
“Vaccine-preventable diseases that were common 40 years ago are now rare due to the development of new vaccines and achievement of high immunization rates,” said IDPH Immunization Program Manager Bethany Kintigh. “We can’t rely on our past achievements and success, though. There are still pockets of unimmunized and under-immunized people who are susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases.”
“According to the CDC National Immunization Survey, 73 percent of Iowa 2-year-old children have received the recommended vaccines at the recommended times,” said Lorri Greiner, R.N., MCPH Maternal Child Nurse. “Here in Mills County our current rates indicate a 53% compliance rate for 2-year-olds. This is accomplished with the help of our community health care providers and we are all working together to improve this percentage. We know parents want to do the best thing possible for their children and we encourage them to talk with us or their healthcare provider regarding appropriate vaccinations for themselves and their children. Working together I know we can see improvement in vaccine rates here in our County.”
Childhood vaccinations are available through medical providers here in the Mills County Community and also through Immunization Clinics sponsored by Mills County Public Health. Please contact MCPH at 527-9699 to determine the best clinic option for you and your family.