August is Immunization Awareness Month

OSWEGO — Oswego County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are teaming up this August to ask the question, “Are you up-to-date on your vaccinations?”

“This month we are asking you to ask yourself and your loved ones if they are up-to-date on their vaccines,” said Director of Public Health Dr. Dennis Norfleet. “Everyone from infants to the elderly needs vaccines to stay healthy throughout their life.”

Because of vaccines, said Dr. Norfleet, “we no longer have to worry about smallpox or wild poliovirus in the United States. We also see very few cases of measles, diphtheria and rubella. Although vaccines have brought us very far in preventing disease, there are still cases of vaccine-preventable diseases in the US each year. Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles or pertussis are often linked to unvaccinated or under vaccinated adults and children. This is why it’s so important to make sure that you’re up-to-date on all of the vaccines you need.”

To keep informed on vaccine requirements, go to www.cdc.gov/vaccines

Oswego County residents can catch-up on their vaccines by contacting their healthcare provider or visiting one of the County Health Department’s immunization clinics.

The Oswego County Health Department holds walk-in immunization clinics every Friday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego and the first and third Friday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski.

The Oswego County Health Department also offers walk-in Kindergarten through College clinics for back-to-school shots every Tuesday through Sept. 14 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic in Oswego. The clinics run from 9 to 11 a.m.

Those with questions about immunizations or who would like more information may call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547, or contact their health care provider.