By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
The Mississippi State Department of Health is taking a little bit of the sting out of childhood immunizations this week, at least for parents.
Through Friday, routine childhood vaccinations will be available free for children 18 and under at county health departments. That includes vaccines required for daycare and school, such as measles and pertussis, as well as recommended vaccines, like HPV and rotavirus.
“We want to make sure parents are aware of the availability of these vaccines and their importance,” said Dr. Paul Byers, deputy state epidemiologist. “Not only do (vaccines) prevent illness in their children, but in other children who are not able to be vaccinated because of their age or because of medical contraindications.”
Normally, there is a $10 per vaccine charge.
“Immunization is the best protection we can offer our children against these often-deadly diseases,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.
County health departments can assist parents in determining what vaccines their children need.
“We encourage parents to check for availability with their county health departments,” Byers said.
VISIT THE MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com/immunizations or call (866) 458-4948.