Mayor Duke Bennett announced Monday morning the start of Vigo County Immunization Awareness Week.
And with the new immunization requirements coming up this fall, there’s a renewed push to remind people about how they can keep you healthy.
“You’re putting your child at risk by not protecting them from these very bad diseases,” said Mayor Bennett.
News 10 shares this push with you every year. Get immunized!
But why, really, is it so important to the community as a whole?
It all comes down to health.
The health of a community starts with children.
“There’s a whole bunch of different things that you face, especially in your youth. Your immune system is still being built, you have to fight off a lot of these diseases and these immunizations will protect you against those,” said Mayor Bennett.
Without immunizations, the spread of preventable diseases grows.
In fact, when vaccination rates drop in a community, it’s not uncommon to have an outbreak.
The new requirements coming up this fall is proof of that.
The reasoning behind the added doses of hepatitis “a” for kindergarteners and meningitis for high school seniors is simple.
When the Indiana State Health Department adds a vaccine, it means they’re seeing increased incidents.
“Most are up to 90 percent effective. So they’re really great in keeping our community safe and healthy,” said Christina Keller, health educator at Vigo County Health Department.
The Vigo County Health Department has partnered with the city and school corporation to create a task force.
They’re hoping to help the community understand how important immunizations are to the entire future community.
“Immunizations are still one of the most popular and most effective forms of public health in terms of keeping our community safe,” said Keller.
“It’s really sad how unhealthy we are as a whole. Some recent statistics prove that Vigo County is way down at the bottom of the scale. We need to do everything we possibly can to make people more healthy, what a great way to do that to start with our children,” said Mayor Bennett.
Health officials say people don’t realize health begins during pregnancy for children.
Without the family’s immunizations, they’re not getting the foundation they need to live a healthy life.
Shot records need to be provided to the school by the first day of class.
Below is a list of places to get an immunization. Call before to make sure your insurance will be accepted.
Questions or concerns, call your primary health care provider or visit the CDC website.
List of immunization places:
Sycamore Nursing Center
Vigo County Health Department