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Posted on: August 1, 2019

National Immunization Awareness Month – August 2019

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Are you and your family up to date on vaccinations? Not sure? Call your healthcare provider or Rice County Public Health – we can all help! 


Rice County Public Health encourages everyone to talk to their healthcare provider regularly to make sure they have the vaccines that need to stay healthy.  Before children start school in the fall is a great time to schedule your child’s annual well child exam and to make sure they have all the vaccines they need to keep them healthy.


Vaccines not only prevent disease for those who are vaccinated, but they protect the entire community by helping to prevent and reduce the spread of infectious disease. Vaccinating on time, every time is the key to protecting our community.


Did you know?

  • There have been over 1000 cases of measles in the U.S. this year --- that’s the highest number in one year since 1992!
  • Minnesota currently has an outbreak of Hepatitis A.
  • HPV vaccination is cancer prevention!
  • Vaccines are available for children 18 and younger whether or not they have insurance through the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program.

No child should be without vaccinations due to inability to pay. Contact your healthcare provider or

Rice County Public Health for more information about that program.


Rice County Public Health holds walk-in immunization clinics every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Rice County Public Health, 320 Third Street NW, Faribault. Vaccines are supplied by the Minnesota Department of Health and are available for children who are uninsured or underinsured or on Minnesota Health Care programs. In addition, vaccines are also available for adults who are uninsured or lack insurance coverage for vaccines.


For more information about immunizations, visit www.health.state.mn.us/people/immunize/index.html or contact Rice County Public Health for more information at 507-332-6111.


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CONTACTS:

Susan Prieve, Rice County Family Child Health Supervisor (507)332-5916

Deb Purfeerst, Rice County Public Health Director (507)332-5914

Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator (507) 332-6121

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