Genesee County Health Department launches “Be A Health Hero” to build immunization awareness

GENESEE COUNTY, MI — This fall, the Genesee County Health Department (GCHD) is launching the “Be A Health Hero” campaign to raise awareness on immunizations for families with children, as announced in a Sept. 21 news release.

Children are encouraged to “Be A Hero” by showing responsibility, being brave, courageous and strong.

“We want to educate our children and help them to understand how important it is to not only protect themselves, but their family and friends as well,” said Tina Hanson, public health nurse supervisor in Genesee County Health Department.

In an effort to protect children from preventable diseases that spread easily, scheduled immunizations are recommended from birth to age 18.

In Michigan, children who attend childcare facilities and public and non-public schools through grade 12 should receive scheduled recommended immunizations prior to the start of each school year, including those who will be attending school virtually.

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, many children may not be up to date on their vaccinations. GCHD is encouraging families to schedule their appointments now to beat the back-to-school rush.

“We are launching this campaign … to assure that all kids and families are protected, we encourage you to make your immunization appointments now,” Hanson continued.

Due to restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health department clinical services for immunizations are currently by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 810-237-4569 or 810-237-4540.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday at the Burton Branch, at G-3373 S Saginaw St. in Burton.

“We want to make sure that our residents know how important and imperative it is for their children to come in for their immunizations,” stated Hanson. “Let’s let our children be the heroes they so greatly strive to be, by protecting themselves and those around them.”

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