FREDERICK, Md. - It's National Immunization Awareness Month and health officials are making sure parents aren’t forgetting to vaccinate their kids before school.
"It is the most important thing we can do for our kids, the most important thing” says Kelley Smith, Community Health Nurse, Frederick County Health Department.
Smith says many people think Pertussis aka the whooping cough is no longer a threat but she says it’s still alive and well. Proper immunization is necessary.
"You’re talking about meningitis outbreak, we’ve had measles outbreak, we’ve had mumps outbreak, we’ve have hepatitis A outbreaks, those are all vaccine preventable diseases" says Smith.
They say diseases can quickly spread among groups of children who aren’t vaccinated. There is a back to school campaign for immunizations.
"All the health departments throughout the state of Maryland are going to have some type of a campaign to get these immunizations out to the children who need them because what we don’t want is for them to go to school and then be told they cant be in school" says Darlene Armacost, Program Manager, Frederick County Health Department.
All children entering grades 7-10 should have their T-DAP and meningitis vaccines.
A list of vaccines offered at the Frederick County Health Department are listed on www.frederickcountymd.gov.