August is the perfect time to remind everyone to catch up on their vaccinations. Children are starting school, older students are entering college, the flu season will soon be here. Unfortunately, even in the U.S., children and adults alike die every year from vaccine preventable diseases. Far too many people are complacent about these diseases and they may not understand that being protected from disease through vaccination is a lifelong process.
Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines have eliminated some diseases and vastly reduced the number of cases of many others. However, it is still important to remember that even though we don't often see some of these diseases, they still exist and can cause disease, disability, and death.
The North Shore Health Department has scheduled clinics for the Seasonal Flu. Clinics for the H1N1 Pandemic Flu (Swine Flu) will be scheduled for late fall (probably November) after H1N1 vaccine is received from the federal government.
Clinics at the North Shore Library, 6800 North Port Washington Road are:
Thursday, September 17, 2009, 10:30 AM -- 1:30 PM
Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 3:30 PM -- 6:30 PM