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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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Aug. 7, 2019 -- August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases like whooping cough, measles and pneumonia with vaccines.

During NIAM, Marcellus Central School District encourages you talk to your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional to ensure your children are up to date on recommended vaccines, especially in light of the changes in immunization requirements recently signed into law by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

With the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years taking place in the United States and outbreaks in New York state primarily driving the crisis, the governor on June 13, 2019, signed a bill into law that immediately removed the religious exemption for school vaccination requirements.

Per the amendment to Public Health Law Section 2164, children who attend child daycare or public, private or parochial school who do not have their required immunizations face a deadline of 14 days from the start of school in the fall for their first dose vaccinations. Parents/guardians of these children must show within 30 days of the first day of school that appointments have been made for follow-up doses.

For more information about these changes and requirements, please see the additional resources below. 

We also encourage you to visit CDC’s Interactive Vaccine Guide, which provides information on the vaccines recommended during pregnancy and throughout your child’s life.

August is also a key time to make sure you are up to date on all the vaccines adults need to stay healthy. Use CDC’s adult vaccine assessment tool to see which vaccines might be right for you.

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