Do it for everyone

It’s in everyone’s benefit that children be vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls it community immunity.

The Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services is offering a children’s immunization clinic on Jan. 8.

The clinic will be from 1-4:30 p.m. in the Government Center building, 1316 N. 14th St., Suite 324, in Superior.

All routine immunizations for children 6 months and older will be available, and parents and guardians are asked to bring immunization records.

Vaccines are given free to children who don’t have health insurance, are on Medical Assistance or whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccines. Parents or guardians must be present to sign the authorization.

When a large segment of the population is immune to an infectious disease, the spread of that illness through the population is slowed or halted. This is especially important because some people are not able to be immunized due to age or chronic illness.