In recognition of National Infant Immunization Week, the Mississippi State Department of Health is offering free routine immunizations for infants and children through 18 years of age at all county health departments through Friday.
“Statistics show dramatic declines in illnesses and deaths associated with vaccine-preventable diseases, thanks to appropriate immunizations," said Acting State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. "Immunizations are the best protection we can offer our children against these often deadly diseases.”
Officials say Mississippi is the national leader in immunizations for children 19-35 months of age, according to 2009-2010 data released by the National Immunization Survey.
Vaccines in this promotion include protection for infants, children and adolescents against the following diseases: Diphtheria, Varicella (chicken pox), Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Polio, Pneumococcal, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Meningococcal, Measles, HPV, Mumps, Rotavirus, and Rubella.
Mississippians may visit any county health department during regular working hours for vaccinations. For more information or to view a list of recommended and required childhood vaccines, call 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948), or visit the MSDH website. A link is provided below.