April 22-29 is National Infant Immunization Week: a week that recognizes the success of immunizations in preventing deadly diseases and reminds people to keep their children’s vaccinations on schedule. Vaccinating on time every time is the key to protecting them from dangerous diseases.
Parents and guardians should check their child’s immunization records and make sure they are up-to-date in their shots. For copies of a child’s immunization records, people can talk to their doctors or call the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) Record Request Line at 651-201-3980.
For families with concerns about the cost of shots, the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program can help. Children who are uninsured, Medicaid-eligible, Native American or Alaska natives, or have insurance that does not cover the cost of the vaccine can get their shots free of cost through the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program. People can call their health care providers or local public health agencies to ask if they participate in the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program.
For more information about childhood vaccinations visit www.health.state.mn.us/immunize.