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Educate yourself as part of National Infant Immunization Week

 April 20, 2016

One of the most important things parents can do to protect their child from disease is to vaccinate. And since it is National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23), this is a great time to learn more about the critical role vaccination plays in protecting children, our communities and our public health.

Simply put, vaccines are made up of non-living or weakened disease germs which are then introduced into the body so that the immune system will do its work to recognize the germs and put them down. The killed or weakened germs do not make you sick, but the body still develops immunity to the illness.

Of course, vaccine safety is a concern for many parents. The good news is there are many resources available to educate parents about any rare reactions a child may experience, but also to offer tips and support for the best way to prepare for vaccination.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a free 60-page guide that provides information on childhood diseases and how to prevent them, along with Frequently Asked Questions. You can order your own “Parent’s Guide to Childhood Immunizations” by clicking here. And you can download a copy of the recommended immunizations for children from birth to age six here.

Finally, be sure to talk openly to your child’s health care provider about any questions or concerns you may have.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.


It’s National Public Health Week

April 5, 2016

Celebrated every year in early April, National Public Health Week (April 4-10, 2016) is a time when the American Public Health Association urges communities to come together to not only look for ways to recognize the contributions of public health, but to also raise awareness of health issues in our homes, neighborhoods and cities.

Because Riverside University Health System – Public Health is committed to the best health of all Riverside County residents and visitors, you will notice that there are many resources available to you.

There are health expos where residents will receive free health screenings, local Farmers Markets, flu shot clinics and warm/cool centers when temperatures throughout the county are extreme.

Be sure to visit rivcoph.org for information on the many comprehensive programs that are available to residents. Whether through HIV/STD Program, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, Disease Control or Nutrition Services, our programs and health professionals work hard to support residents in their access to health, nutrition, fitness and safety.

And if you’re curious about what health issues top the list in your neighborhood, check out shaperivco.org. This website is chock full of data relating to the types of health concerns and issues that are happening in cities throughout Riverside County.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.