2/28/2012 - Local Health Departments Provide Vaccination Safety Net

Department of Health

215 State Street Hackensack, N.J. 07601
Phone (201) 646-3965 Fax (201) 646-3989
John G. Christ
Health Officer & Registrar

For Immediate Release: February 28, 2012
Local Health Departments Provide Vaccination Safety Net

The New Jersey Department of Health of Health and Senior Services recently issued a press release highlighting the measles outbreak in Indiana linked to Super Bowl festivities to serve as a reminder to New Jersey residents that they should be up to date on their vaccinations.

“Making sure that children of all ages are up to date on their vaccinations is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure the health of their children,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd. “Children are more at risk of becoming ill from vaccine-preventable diseases than the general population.”
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that before the age of 2 children receive immunizations against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatic B, hepatitis A, H. influenza B, pneumococcus, and rotavirus vaccines. The ACIP recommended vaccine schedule is available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/default.htm.

However, it’s not just children who need to get vaccinated to protect themselves. “Throughout adult life, people need immunizations to protect themselves against shingles, seasonal flu, pneumococcal disease, and human papillomavirus,” the Commissioner said.

The CDC also recommends that seniors 65 and older and those age 19 through 64 with certain health conditions receive the pneumococcal vaccine. More information regarding adult vaccines can be found on the adult vaccination page at the CDC website. http://www.cdc.gov/Features/AdultVaccines/

Today many health insurance policies cover the cost of recommended immunizations. But for those who don’t have insurance, the State of New Jersey provides affordable low cost and in some cases no cost health insurance called New Jersey Family Care (www.njfamilycare.org or 1-800-701-0710) which covers the cost of immunizations. For those people who have insurance that does not cover the cost of immunizations or for those who do not qualify for New Jersey Family Care insurance, most local health departments provide a safety net of free immunization services. Hackensack residents who would like more information on our immunization services for children or adults should call our public health nurse at 201-646-3964.

Residents of other communities can find their local health department contact information at the following web site address:

http://www.state.nj.us/health/lh/directory/lhdselectcounty.shtml or by calling their local town hall.