National Infant Immunization Week
Parents Urged Not to Delay School Immunizations
April 23, 2009
The recent exposures to measles in the Washington, DC metropolitan area highlight the importance of reviewing immunization records and getting vaccinated against the measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases as appropriate. It is especially important for infants and toddlers in our community to receive their immunizations on time.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed April as Childhood Immunization Month. Each year, the Health Department sees a spike in the number of parents seeking vaccinations for their children during the last three weeks of August. Parents are encouraged to review immunization requirements now, and to visit their physicians or a county clinic before the last minute rush just before school begins.
- Parents who are registering children for kindergarten in Fairfax County Public Schools must have up-to-date shot records. State law requires students to be excluded from school if they have not complied with immunization requirements.
- Students entering 6th grade are required to have a Tdap booster shot. Fairfax County Public Schools tracks compliance for this state requirement. Students who do not meet the requirement by the first day of school will be excluded.
- Health Department offering immunization education at monthly "Baby Pictures" movie screening for parents
Thursday, April 23 - 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
National Amusement Theaters - 11900 Palace Way, Fairfax, VA
Health care providers across the country are observing National Infant Immunization Week, April 25 - May 2, 2009. The goal is to highlight the importance of protecting children from vaccine-preventable diseases and to educate parents about immunization programs.