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National Infant Immunization Week: a reminder to check records

The Crow Wing County community services department is reminding parents to ensure their children's immunization records are up to date during National Infant Immunization Week.

The Crow Wing County community services department is reminding parents to ensure their children's immunization records are up to date during National Infant Immunization Week.

"National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) provides an opportunity to celebrate the success of immunizations in preventing deadly diseases," said Stephanie Kubas, public health nurse, in a news release. "Maintaining high vaccination rates by vaccinating on time every time is the key to keeping dangerous diseases away from our communities."

For copies of a child's immunization records, talk to the family doctor, call Margie Young at community services at 218-824-1098 or the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) at 651-201-5503 or 1-800-657-3970.

If concerned about the cost of shots, the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program can help. Children who are uninsured, Medicaid-eligible, Native American or Alaskan native, or have insurance that does not cover the cost of the vaccine can get shots free of cost through the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program. Call a healthcare provider or local public health agency at 218-824-1098 to ask if they participate in the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program.

Visit www.health.state.mn.us/immunize for more information about National Infant Immunization Week or childhood vaccinations.

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