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Free vaccinations for children in need offered in Wood County

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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Free vaccinations are available for kids and infants in need in Wood County. Health officials say they want all parents to be prepared for the worst. They are hoping their push during National Infant Immunization Week will help educate everyone.

After several outbreaks of the measles and mumps already in Ohio, Wood County health officials are urging you right now to get your children vaccinated. Diseases could be lurking in your child's classroom.

"They're in a classroom full of different people, from different homes, different lifestyles. They need immunizations," said Jaclyn Smith, teacher at St. Wendelin Schools.

"Some of them spread very easily to unvaccinated individuals. The general plan is to get as many kids vaccinated and immune as possible. It gives us what we can. It gives us herd immunity," said Ben Batey, CEO Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center.

That herd refers to a large group of people who are immune. If more people join the herd, it's difficult for anyone infected to spread their disease. Now imagine the reverse.

"We are seeing a decrease in vaccinated individuals and so once you drop so low below a certain level, you lose that herd immunity and then it can spread a lot quicker," said Batey.

Parents in one waiting room are making sure their kids stay healthy.

"We have some other concerns that we wanted to make sure, she has to make sure she is as healthy as she can be," said Marlene North, parent.

Vaccines will be provided at no cost for children whose parents can't afford to pay. National Infant Immunization Week ends May 3, but the health center offers immunizations during normal business hours.

For more information visit www.wchealthcenter.org and www.cdc.gov/vaccines

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