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Posted on: July 23, 2015

[ARCHIVED] August is National Immunization Month

August is National Immunization Month

The Nursing Division of the Millburn Health Department would like to take this opportunity to inform our residents that August is National Immunization Month. As the new school year approaches, we would like to remind our residents to get their preschool and school aged child up to date with the immunizations requirements set forth by New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 8 of Chapter 57: Communicable Disease, Subchapter 4: Immunizations of Pupils in School for entry, attendance and retention in schools. Many children who will be playing in sports this fall will need a physical in order to participate. This is a great time to get your child up to date with their vaccines. If you have a college bound student check with the university to see what is required to attend or board at that institution. There maybe stricter requirements if your child is boarding away and every state and college may have different requirements.

As we get ready for the new school year getting note books and other supplies make it a priority to schedule an appointment with your pediatrician to get your children immunized. Many childhood diseases are vaccine preventable. This past year there have been many vaccine preventable disease outbreaks from mumps in the National Hockey League that effective twenty-three states including Canada to measles in Disneyland that sparked a nation-wide outbreak. Some of these outbreaks could be avoided by being vaccinated. Vaccines are one of the safest, effective and inexpensive ways to protect your child and family from harmful diseases. Vaccines not only protect your child, your family it also protect those children who are too young to receive vaccines and those who are immunocompromised and cannot receive vaccines. So protect your child and your community, get vaccinated.

Remember flu season is just around the corner. Influenza vaccine is a requirement for children 6 to 59 months old starting and/or attending preschools and daycare centers in New Jersey. Children receiving the flu shot for the first time will require two (2) vaccines twenty eight (28) days apart. It is recommended that everyone six months and older receive the flu shot. Each year forty thousand people are hospitalized for flu and its complications. It estimated that twenty thousand people die each year from those complications, making it the leading cause of death in the United States from a vaccine preventable disease.

Adults also need to keep current on immunizations; flu, pneumonia and shingles vaccines to stay healthy. The Millburn Health Department offers pneumonia, shingles and Tdap vaccines year round and will be announcing our flu clinics for this fall. Check out our website at www.livingstonnj.org and click Health for more information or call the Nursing Office at (973)535-7961 ext. 226,227 or 228.

Vaccines for school are required from as early six months to college bound students.
For more information about childhood vaccines you can visit the New Jersey State website at www.nj.gov/health/cd/chap14.pdf. or call the Nursing Office at (973) 535-7961 @ ext.226, 227 or 228.

Let’s make this school year a healthy and productive one!

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