August is National Immunization Awareness Month
For Hometown News
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County recognizes National Immunization Awareness Month by encouraging parents to get required vaccinations for their children for protection against deadly diseases.
"Vaccines are important to protect your child and others in the community against infectious diseases that are threats today," said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County. "I encourage parents to get their children ready for school by checking with private providers or stopping by the health clinic for vaccinations."
Vaccines help develop immunity to countless infectious diseases by enabling the body to recognize and fight vaccine-preventable diseases. The following vaccines are required for children entering pre-school and grades K-12: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella (chickenpox) and hepatitis B. Students entering college should check with the health services at their college regarding immunization requirements.
To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives -- and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need -- the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.
Throughout August, the health department will be providing brochures and literature on immunizations at clinics in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, DeLand and Deltona.
Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html.