The Edmond Sun

April 19, 2013

Health Department urges infant immunizations


The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — Young children rely on the adults in their lives to keep them safe and healthy. That is why it is so important for babies and toddlers to receive vaccines on time before they are exposed to vaccine preventable diseases. This year during National Infant Immunization Week, April 20-27, the Oklahoma State Department of Health acknowledges the work of county health departments and other healthcare providers across Oklahoma for their work in promoting vaccination of infants and children. The most recent health data for child immunizations in Oklahoma indicates that 77.3 percent of children ages 19 months to 35 months have received all recommended vaccines for their age, compared to the national average of 77 percent.

Vaccines are available for all children including those who do not have health insurance. All county health departments in Oklahoma offer vaccines for children without health insurance at no charge. For information about child vaccinations visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health Immunization Service website at imm.health.ok.gov.