Hundreds Of Children Vaccinated During National Infant Immunization Week

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Infant Immunization Week

Health Secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham congratulated the Department of Health and its partners for immunizing hundreds of children across New Mexico last week as part of a special push to get children caught up on immunizations during National Infant Immunization Week.

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"We are reaching out to all New Mexico communities to educate families on the importance of immunizations," said First Lady Barbara Richardson. "Timely vaccines are among the most important factors in protecting our children's health."

The Santa Fe Immunization Coalition, a partnership between Santa Fe Rotary Club, Santa Fe Public Schools, private providers and Department of Health staff, provided children in the Department's Women, Infants and Children Program with shots as part of an immunization catch-up clinic during clients' regularly scheduled WIC appointments. The Coalition plans to continue piloting this successful initiative in the Santa Fe WIC office, where 2,700 families receive services each month. "In order to reach as many children as we can, we have to make it easy for families to get their children immunized," Grisham said. "This is a great example of how valuable our community partners are in helping us protect New Mexico children from vaccine-preventable diseases."

This summer, the Santa Fe Coalition is launching an initiative to visit every child-care center and preschool in Santa Fe to provide information and help teachers ensure every child is vaccinated. The Coalition is also working with stores to coordinate immunization clinics with back-to-school shopping

"Community immunization coalitions can do what individual immunization providers and advocates cannot

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