Article by Aaron Smullin, Clay County Public Health Center
Liberty, Mo. – July 20, 2015 – The Clay County Public Health Center will be hosting a back-to-school immunization clinic starting July 27 running through August 19.
The Health Center will be operating under extended hours, Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. To qualify, clients must have Medicaid, be uninsured, or have insurance that does not cover vaccines. Clients must bring all past immunization records and an adult is required to accompany children under 18. It is recommended that clients make an appointment to be seen by calling 816.595.4355; however, a limited number of walk-ins will be accommodated as scheduling permits.
Why should someone get immunized? The diseases that vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to help it safely develop immunity to disease.
When germs, such as bacteria or viruses, invade the body, they attack and multiply. This invasion is called an infection, and the infection is what causes illness. The immune system then has to fight the infection. Once it fights off the infection, the body is left with a supply of cells that help recognize and fight that disease in the future.
Vaccines help develop immunity by imitating an infection, but this “imitation” infection does not cause illness. It does, however, cause the immune system to develop the same response as it does to a real infection so the body can recognize and fight the vaccine-preventable disease in the future. Sometimes, after getting a vaccine, the imitation infection can cause minor symptoms, such as fever. Such minor symptoms are normal and should be expected as the body builds immunity.
For more information, or to make an appointment, please call the Health Center at 816.595.4355.