Serving the Health Needs
of Allegany County
Allegany County Dept. of Health
County Office Building,
Room #30 7 Court Street
Belmont, New York 14813-1076
National Infant Immunization Week,
April 16-April 23, 2016
The Allegany County Department of Health knows you want to do what is best for your children. Parents agree that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them against 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before their second birthday.
Public health and medical experts base their vaccine recommendations on many factors. They study information about diseases and vaccines very carefully to decide which vaccines kids should get and when they should get them for best protection.
Although the number of vaccines a child needs in the first two years may seem like a lot, doctors know a great deal about the human immune system, and they know that a healthy baby’s immune system can handle getting all vaccines when they are recommended. There is no known benefit to delaying vaccination. In fact, it puts babies at risk of getting sick because they are left vulnerable to catch serious diseases during the time they are not protected by vaccines.
When parents choose not to vaccinate or to follow a delayed schedule, children are left unprotected against diseases that still circulate in this country, like measles and whooping cough. Since 2010, we have seen between 10,000 and 50,000 cases of whooping cough each year in the United States. And, up to 20 babies die from whooping cough each year in the United States.
The United States experienced a record number of measles cases during 2014, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This was the greatest number of cases in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000. Staying on track with the immunization schedule ensures that children have the best protection against diseases like these by age 2.
Parents who are concerned about the number of shots given at one time can reduce the number given at a visit by using the flexibility built into the recommended immunization schedule. For example, the third dose of hepatitis B vaccine can be given at 6 through 18 months of age. Parents can work with their child’s healthcare professional to have their child get this dose at any time during that age range.
If you have questions about the childhood immunization schedule, talk with your child’s doctor. For more information about vaccines, go to www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents. For more information about the importance of infant immunization, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines. For more information about vaccines, or to make an appointment, contact the Allegany County Department of Health, (585) 268-9250 or go to our website: www.alleganycountyhealth.com .
For Zika Virus Testing Call 585-268-9250
Allegany County residents may be wondering about the Zika virus you have heard about in the news. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has launched a Zika virus information line, 1-888-364-4723, which is staffed weekdays from 9am to 6pm for New Yorkers to call and learn more about the virus. If you have traveled to Zika virus affected countries and have symptoms you should contact your health care provider. The most common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). See your doctor if you are pregnant and you or your partner has traveled to a country where Zika virus cases have been reported. Be sure to tell your health care provider where you traveled. Visit this website for up to date information about affected counties, Areas with Zika | Zika virus | CDC .
Those who travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip, including:
Spring is around the corner. Allegany County residents should remember to use these tips to protect themselves from mosquito bites. In addition, Allegany County residents are urged to prevent standing water to decrease our mosquito population in the following ways:
For more information go to www.alleganycountyhealth.com and click on the Zika virus fact sheet or call the Allegany County Department of Health at 585-268-9250.
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The Allegany County Department of Health will bill Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Independent Health, Univera, United Health (Empire Plan), Fidelis, and Magna Care (Aetna, etc). Other insurances will be billed and they may or may not pay for your services. If your insurance does not pay for your ACDOH services "you" the client are liable to pay for these services. The Allegany County Department of Health has a sliding scale for payment of services for clients who are uninsured/underinsured. *The Allegany County Department of Health's health care professionals are not affiliated with any hospital.