Commissioners Court Recognizes Benefits of Immunizations, Proclaims August National Immunization Month in Hays County
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court has proclaimed the month of August as National Immunization Awareness Month in Hays County to stress the importance of immunizations to prevent diseases.
County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., noted that immunizations have caused declines in devastating diseases such as polio, measles, whooping cough and chicken pox, but without immunizations those diseases can and do re-emerge, putting entire populations at risk. He also said that today’s immunizations are safe for anyone except those few individuals with allergies to actual ingredients in some vaccinations, such as eggs.
Margie Rodriguez, Social Health Coordinator for the County’s Local Health Department, told the Court that immunizations are the most successful and cost-effective public health tools for preventing diseases and death, since maintaining high immunization rates protects the entire community by interrupting the transmission of disease-causing viruses and bacteria.
“During August, parents are enrolling children in school, students are entering or returning to college campuses and healthcare workers are preparing for the upcoming flu season,” Rodriguez said. “This is the perfect time to remind family, friends, co-workers and the community to catch up on their vaccinations.”
Rodriguez noted that healthcare providers can provide vaccines at little or no cost to those who are unable to afford them through the Texas Vaccines for Children program and Medicaid.
Below, employees of the Hays County Local Health Department and Hays County Commissioners Court promote National Immunization Awareness Month in Hays County. Left to right, front row, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley, Elsira Rodriguez, ImmTrac (Immunization Registry) Specialist; Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Amelia Flores, Texas Vaccine for Children Coordinator; Margie A. Rodriguez, Social Health Coordinator; Clint Garza, Director of Development and Community Services; back row, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Rebecca Herring, RN, TB/Communicable Disease Coordinator; Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant and Precinct 2 Commission Mark Jones.