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Chautauqua county marks national infant immunization week

MAYVILLE — National Infant Immunization Week was held April 24 through May 1 to celebrate the role vaccination plays in protecting the health of children and families.

County officials are reminding parents of the importance of staying up to date with routinely recommended vaccines, even during COVID-19.

“As warmer weather brings more opportunities for in-person, physically distanced activities, I encourage you to make sure your child is up to date on vaccines and if they’ve fallen behind, it’s essential that they catch up,” said Christine Schuyler, county public health director. “Well-child visits are necessary and important – even during this pandemic.”

The immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html.

For more information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, resources are available at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index; www.healthychildren.org and vaccinateyourfamily.org.

Those with questions about vaccines should talk to their healthcare provider or call the county Health Department at 1-866-604-6789 for general information and help getting a child vaccinated.

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