JACKSON, Miss. – Next week (April 26-30), at all county health departments, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is offering free routine immunizations for infants and children through 18 years of age.
“Immunizations are essential to give infants and children a healthy start in life,” said Acting State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. “Statistics show dramatic declines in illnesses and deaths associated with vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunizations are the best protection we can offer our children against these often deadly diseases.”
MSDH – along with the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians – recommends immunizations for infants and children from birth through 18 years of age.
This promotion is held in conjunction with National Infant Immunization Week, an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievement of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities.
Mississippians can visit any county health department during regular working hours for vaccinations. For more information or to view a list of recommended and required childhood vaccines, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com or call 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948).