The City of Amarillo’s Public Health department recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month to highlight the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages. The month of August proves valuable in this effort as it is the ideal time to ensure everyone in the family is up-to-date before heading back to school and to plan ahead to receive a flu vaccine.
Public Health provides many low- or no-cost vaccines to both children and adults who have Medicaid, no insurance, or who are underinsured. Immunizations are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary. No eligible client seeking immunization will be turned away for inability to pay. Bring current immunization/shot record for all children and if available, for adults. Vaccines available as supplies allow include Pneumococcal (pneumonia), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough), HPV (human papillomavirus), Flu, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), Polio, HIB (Haemophilus Influenzae Type b), Rotavirus, Varicella (chickenpox), Td (tetanus and diphtheria), Twinrix (Hep A/B combo), Meningitis, and Zoster (shingles).
“You can help protect yourself, your family, and our community from harmful, yet preventable, diseases by making sure all of your vaccines are up-to-date,” says Director of Public Health Casie Stoughton. “You can also help everyone stay healthy by talking with friends and family about how vaccines are for people of all ages. Encouraging friends and family to get the flu vaccine every year will help keep your loved ones healthy.”
For more information about immunizations, contact Public Health at (806) 378-6300 or visit http://publichealth.amarillo.gov/. Make sure to “Like” the Public Health department’s Facebook page at tinyurl.com/AmarilloPublicHealth.