PUTNAM COUNTY — It is almost back-to-school time, which also means it
is time to think about getting children vaccinated. The Putnam County
Health Department is joining the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC
in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. This is
the perfect time to get students, and all children, up-to-date on
vaccines against many, very serious diseases.
Children who have
not been vaccinated for vaccine-preventable disease, like pertussis,
measles and mumps, are at greater risk of contracting them, or spreading
the disease to high-risk persons, such as infants who are too young to
have all the vaccines. People who have conditions that may weaken their
immune system are also at greater risk of contracting diseases from
those that are not vaccinated.
New requirements for students is
beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. All incoming seventh graders
must have one dose of the meningococcal vaccine, and all incoming
twelfth graders must have a second dose of the vaccine. More information
on the meningococcal vaccine requirements can be found at
Incoming kindergarten students are also required to receive certain
vaccinations before entering school.
The American Academy of
Pediatrics, Ohio Chapter (Ohio AAP) and ODH suggest parents download the
free “Fast Vax Facts” app available in the App Store and on Google
Play. “Fast Vax Facts” is a new app featuring valuable,
pediatrician-approved immunization resources for parents and guardians. A
link to the App can be found at www.OhioAAP.org/FVF.
County Health Department provides immunizations during regular clinic
hours: Every Tuesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., with extended
hours until 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
Clinic hours are also held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 9 to
11:30 a.m. Please call the health department at 419-523-5608 for an
appointment. Most major health insurances are accepted.