Nichole Hannahs

The Importance of Immunizations

by Nichole Hannahs on April 23, 2013 at 6:36 am

The importance of immunizations are being pushed this week nationwide.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend that children begin getting shots at 2 months old and if on schedule should have most shots by the time they are one.

A local expert said parents shouldn’t be afraid to get their children immunized.

"One of the things I tell parents is that the number of vaccines we give children seems overwhelming to parents sometimes and the amount of vaccines we give them is not as hard on their immune systems if they were to pick up something off the ground and stick it in their mouth," said Public Health Nurse Jamie Heinzman.

Heinzman also said there is a way to make sure the experience is pleasant for children.

"With the babies I encourage the parents to really continue to talk to them and say encouraging things while we’re giving immunizations so it calms the baby and always having parents sooth the baby right after immunizations," said Heinzman.

For older children, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department will be holding late hours on Monday’s and Wednesday’s in July and August so those going into kindergarten and 7th grade can get their required shots.