Before School Starts Make Sure Vaccines Are Current

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With parents preparing for the start of school, students leaving for college and the flu season approaching, the Gila County Office of Health would like to remind residents to check records to assure that vaccines are up-to-date.

Immunization was one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild poliovirus in the U.S. and significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases.

Despite these efforts, thousands of people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting community effort regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic background or country of origin.

Recommended vaccinations begin soon after birth and continue throughout life.

Being aware of the vaccines that are recommended for infants, children, adolescents, adults of all ages and seniors, and making sure to receive these immunizations is critical to protecting ourselves and our communities from disease.

Call the Gila County Office of Health at (928) 474-1210.

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