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Healthy Concerns
By David McAtee, Prescott, AZ
Issues concerning health and preparedness in Yavapai County brought to you by the Yavapai County Community Health Services, Community Relations and Public Information Officer.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Give your kids the tools they need to fight dangerous diseases

By David McAtee

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The theme for this April's National County Government Month, is "Healthy Counties, Healthy Families." In support of this event, Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) and the Yavapai Regional Council of First Things First (FTF), have joined forces to promote the use of the "Child Immunizations - Education and Resource Kit."

Our message is this: Immunizations give your kids the tools they need to fight dangerous diseases.

With nearly 10 percent of parents choosing to opt their children out of school-required immunizations, the chances of a dangerous outbreak are becoming more of a real possibility every day. In the 1940s, there were nearly 200,000 cases of Whooping Cough. In the '80s and '90s the numbers dropped to records lows, then in 2005, with fears from false allegations about immunizations and autism, the numbers started to go back up again. Yavapai County residents need to know the truth about immunizations before it is too late.

Over the past four months, YCCHS and FTF with the help of local medical professionals, childcare experts and media industry specialists have compiled a toolkit to help parents and child-care providers make an educated decision about child immunizations. The kit is intended to be a resource for teachers, school administrators and child-care providers as they discuss the importance of immunizations with parents.

The Child Immunizations - Education and Resource Kit consists of four sections: The three "stages" parents go through when considering child immunizations, as well as a "General Resources" section.

• Stage one is for those parents who may not be interested in child immunizations right now, but want to get the facts in order to make an educated decision later on.

• Stage two provides materials for those parents who still have a few questions and concerns about vaccinations, but are leaning towards getting their child immunized in the very near future.

• Stage three contains action steps for setting up an appointment with a County immunization specialist, as well as an immunization schedule for children and young adults. The general resources section provides information about where the reference material was gathered, a Frequently Asked Questions sheet, and an order form to replace distributed material or additional kits.

The materials are being made available at no charge by contacting the Prescott First Things First office in Prescott or by visiting the YCCHS website, YavapaiHealth.com. The goal of this promotion and the development of the Child Immunizations - Education and Resource Kit is to move people from a fear of immunizations to a place where they are talking to professionals and getting real answers, in order to make informed decision.

For more information please contact David McAtee: (YCCHS - Community Relations and PIO) 
928-442-5509 david.mcatee@co.yavapai.az.us or Jennifer Gosnell with First Things First at: 
928-776-0062 vol-jgosnell@azftf.gov

Related Links:
• Yavapai County Community Health Services

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