Health Department Offering Free Immunizations

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 during the week of Apr. 23-27.

"Immunizations are the best protection we can offer our children against these often deadly diseases," said Dr. Paul Byers, acting state epidemiologist.

This year, the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine is required for children entering the seventh grade and will bring Mississippi in line with other states for adolescent immunization coverage.

Also offered free of charge at this time are the additional recommended vaccinations for preteens, those against meningococcal disease, human papillomavirus (HPV), and a second dose of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine for those who have not received one at an earlier age.

Vaccinations in this promotion include protection for infants, children and adolescents against the following diseases:

Diphtheria Varicella (chicken pox)
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Pertussis Polio
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Meningococcal