The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition (SNIHC) along with the Consulate of Mexico, Nevada State Health Division and many other partners will sponsor a week of immunization clinics during Nevada Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) April 25-30.
NIIW is an annual observance that highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Week will begin with a bi-national family health fair kick-off event on Monday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Consulate of Mexico at 823 S. 6th Street. The Consulate of Mexico offers Ventillas de Salud (Windows of Health) to low-income and Hispanic immigrant families unfamiliar with the U.S. health system.
The health fair will feature no-cost immunizations for children 6 weeks to 6 years of age, dental fluoride and varnish, hearing and vision screening, lead testing, face painting and other activities for young children. During the health fair, adolescents and adults will have access to no-cost influenza and Tdap immunizations. Children entering the seventh grade this year must receive the Tdap immunization also, which targets bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) and is a Nevada State Board of Health requirement. Certified health practitioners will be onsite providing screening mammograms and answering health questions.
“Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is critical to protect them through immunization. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” said Pam Beal, executive director of Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition. “They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.”
Parents and caregivers will be able to take advantage of no-cost immunizations for their children 6 weeks to 6 years of age during SNIHC sponsored ‘immunization only’ clinics:
Tuesday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. Rose Dominican Hospital Rose De Lima Campus
Family to Family Connection
31 Church Street, Henderson
Wednesday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Baby Bonanza event
St. Rose Dominican Hospital San Martin Campus
8280 West Warm Springs Road, Las Vegas
Thursday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunrise Children’s Foundation-WIC
1000 East Sahara Ave., Ste. 101, Las Vegas
(This clinic is only for children enrolled in WIC, which is a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children.)
Friday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Desert View Hospital
360 South Lola Lane, Pahrump
Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Walmart Neighborhood Market Store
6151 W Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas
Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Southwest Medical Associates
650 N. Nellis Blvd, Las Vegas
Shots will be administered on a first come, first served basis. Parents are encouraged to bring their children’s shot records to the clinic.
In addition to Nevada Infant Immunization Week, the coalition will be promoting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Vaccines for Children Program” that provides no- or low-cost vaccines to children, teens and uninsured families who qualify.
For additional information about the week’s immunization activities, call Nevada 2-1-1 or visit www.snic.org.