Vallejo immunization clinic Thursday
In an effort to keep the rate of immunizations high in Solano County, Touro University has teamed up with other agencies to hold an immunization awareness event 9:15 a.m. Thursday at Elsa Widenman Elementary School.
Solano County has a 95.1 percent immunization rate among kindergartners of required vaccinations, Touro University pediatrician Tami Hendriksz said. That rate is higher than the state average of 91 percent.
Thursday's event is designed to educate parents and the public about the need for childhood immunizations and to "make sure our numbers don't fall," Hendriksz said.
"We want to let them know how important it is," she added.
The program takes place at the medical clinic at Elsa Widenmann which Touro University runs in conjunction with the Vallejo City Unified School District.
Activities include a light breakfast, resource information and medical staff on hand to answer questions.
The school is at 100 Whitney Drive in North Vallejo.
By age 2, children are required to have vaccinations for 14 preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, polio and hepatitis.
A list of clinics offering immunizations can be found by at http://externalrelations.tu.edu/niiw.
For more information about National Infant Immunization Week, or childhood vaccinations, go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines.
April 20-27 has been designated National Infant Immunization Week, which calls upon local partners make immunization information available at community events.
With the flu season is winding down, the Centers for Disease Control has reported that the virus has killed 105 children so far.
The CDC recommends that all children ages 6 months and older be vaccinated against flu each season, though only about half get a flu shot or nasal spray.
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