BATH, N.Y. (WETM) – With National Immunization Awareness Month in August and schools opening soon, Steuben County Public Health officials remind parents and guardians of the importance of keeping their children’s vaccinations up to date, with new state regulations in place.
Babies under the age of TWO should be vaccinated to protect them from 14 serious diseases, and school-age children are required, by law, to continue with a recommended vaccination schedule for the best protection against preventable diseases, according to Steuben Public Health.
New this school year, non-medical (i.e. religious) exemptions are no longer accepted by schools. All children attending schools, daycares, or riding school buses must be properly vaccinated in order to participate.
“Vaccines don’t just protect the individual child,” county Public Health Education Coordinator Lorelei Wagner said. “Immunization is a shared responsibility. Vaccinating each child can help protect the entire community—especially babies who are too young to be vaccinated or protected fully.”
The need for vaccinations does not end in childhood. Every year, tens of thousands of adults in the U.S. suffer from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines, such as influenza, pneumonia, hepatitis B and the human papilloma virus (HPV).
NYS required vaccines for the 2019-2020 school year can be found at https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2370_2019.pdf. Recommended vaccines for adults can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html.
Steuben Public Health participates in the Vaccines for Children and the Vaccines for Adults programs and has vaccines available for those who are uninsured or have insurance that does not cover vaccines Call (607) 664-2438 to schedule an appointment for vaccinations.