Health officials in Nassau and Suffolk counties are reminding families that updating children’s vaccinations should be added to their back-to-school lists.
In a statement, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Long Island health officials said following an immunization schedule ensures that children meet New York State school requirements.
Depending on a child’s age, various doses are required for: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib), pneumococcal conjugate, varicella (chickenpox) and others.
New York State’s Vaccines for Children Program provides required vaccines to health care providers at no cost for uninsured children and those whose health insurance does not cover children’s immunizations.
For additional information, contact your health care provider or call the Suffolk County Department of Health at 631-853-3000 or the Nassau Department of Health Immunization Hotline at 516- 227-9416.