Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 24, 2013

HEALTH: Cherokee County Public Health offers certain shots for $1

Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Over the next two days, children under the age of three can receive $1 vaccines at Cherokee County Public Health, based on eligibility.

The local campaign is part of the organization's observation of National Infant Immunization Week, aimed at helping parents protect their babies against childhood diseases.

For nearly two decades, this observance “has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers and healthcare providers to ensure that infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Cherokee County Public Health Executive Director Chris Taylor.

“Infants and children need to be vaccinated because they are more likely to develop complications or die from vaccine-preventable diseases,” he said, adding that “immunization is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child's health.”

While a child may experience a mild reaction to the vaccine, such as soreness at the site of injection or a slight fever, the vaccine itself is very safe and effective, Taylor said.

“One of the most common vaccines that a child will have a reaction to is the D-TAP,” or the diptheria-tetnus-and-pertussis vaccine, said Cherokee County Public Health Clinical Coordinator Cheryl Hill.

“The baby may be a little fussy, and have redness (at the site of injection) and a little bit of fever, but it helps protect them from pertussis, which can be fatal for a baby,” she said.

Available vaccines include Hepatitis B, pertussis, PCV, HIB and polio, which are part of the routine childhood vaccine schedule required by schools.

Parents are asked to bring their child's current shot record and a copy of the child's Medicaid or CHIPS insurance. They also will fill out a short form reflecting the child's medical history, including allergies, Hill said.

The Public Health clinic in Jacksonville is located at 510 E. Commerce, and is open from 7 a.m. to noon, and 1-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

To learn more, contact 903-586-6191, or visit the website www.cchdtexas.org.