JCH&L Encourages Immunization to Protect Children

April 22-29 is National Infant Immunization Week

FAIRBURY – During National Infant Immunization Week April 22-29, Jefferson Community Health & Life encourages parents to make sure their childrens’ immunizations are up to date.

In Nebraska, 26.2 percent of children between 19 months and 35 months of age are not up to date on their immunization schedule, according to HealtyAmericans.org. Those who are not fully immunized are at risk of contracting preventable diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children need immunization to protect them from many dangerous childhood diseases. Vaccinating your child according to the recommended schedule is one of the best ways you can protect them from 16 serious diseases. To learn more about the diseases and the vaccines that prevent them, visit cdc.gov/vaccines/parents. The website includes age-specific information about all recommended infant, child and teen vaccines.

In Jefferson County, an immunization clinic is offered twice a month by Blue Valley Community Action Partnership at Jefferson Community Health & Life’s Outpatient Services area. JCH&L nursing staff give immunizations, and BVCA staff coordinate the clinic. Clinics are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and the 4th Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Additional Back-to-School clinics are held in July and August. The schedule is available at JCHealthandLife.org or from Blue Valley Community Action Partnership.

Appointments are required by calling BVCA at 402-826-2141, extension 3. Most commercial insurances are accepted through BVCA’s private funding program. All Medicaid plans are accepted, and all uninsured clients are accepted through BVCA’s Vaccines For Children program. BVCA will verify insurance prior to the appointment time. All clients must bring insurance/Medicaid/managed care insurance card to each visit. Walk ins are not accepted.

The immunization clinic is most easily accessed through the Emergency/Outpatient Service entrance on the south side of Jefferson Community Health & Life.

For more information on the immunization clinic at Jefferson Community Health & Life, please contact Jamie Vynalek at Blue Valley Community Action Partnership at 402-826-2141.