For Immediate Release
May 29, 2014;11:10am
DPHSS Release No. 2014-041
Vaccinate Before the Summer Break
The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) announces that there will be a free Child Immunization Clinic on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. or while supplies last, at the Agana Shopping Center Expo Room (2nd floor). The line formation will begin at the main double door next to Payless Supermarket and will continue towards SM Department store. Immunization is limited to those with Medicaid, MIP, or no insurance.
This clinic is for children 4–18 years of age. All necessary immunizations will be given, except the Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. Parents must bring their child’s most current shot record and the child’s birth certificate. All children below 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or an adult with a written authorization and photo ID.
Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
Protecting school-aged children from vaccine preventable diseases will help keep them healthy and in school. Children age 4 to 6 years old need boosters for some vaccines, like DTaP, MMR and polio. Preteens and adolescents also need vaccinations to protect them from diseases like meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV vaccine is a life-saving vaccine that protects against cervical cancer and other HPV-associated cancers and diseases.
Therefore, DPHSS encourages parents to make vaccinating their children a priority. One of the best ways to protect your children and keep them healthy is to make sure they receive all of their vaccinations on time. Diseases like measles and rubella are only a plane ride away. Measles outbreaks are occurring in the Philippines and China, and rubella cases have skyrocketed in Japan.
For more information, please call the DPHSS Immunization Program at 735-7143.