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Allegany County Proclaims August 2021 Immunization Awareness Month

Whereas, since 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through its sponsorship of National Immunization Awareness Month, has educated the public, policymakers, and public health professionals about the importance of immunizations; and

Whereas, parents have the power to protect their children from 14 serious and sometimes deadly diseases, including measles, before they turn 2 years old; and

Whereas, when children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their family and community. This includes babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions; and

Whereas, some vaccine preventable diseases, like chickenpox and pertussis (whooping cough), remain common in the United States. Since 2010, the CDC saw between 10,000 and 50,000 cases of whooping cough each year in the United States; and

Whereas, the most common diseases are not as prevalent in this country because of vaccinations; and

Whereas, some infections that are prevented by preteen vaccines, like HPV, can lead to serious health problems later in life. Over 34,000 men and women in the United States are diagnosed with cancers caused by HPV each year;

Now, therefore, I, Curtis W. Crandall, Chairman of the Allegany County Board of Legislators, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of Allegany County, New York, do hereby proclaim the month of August 2021, as Immunization Awareness Month in Allegany County and call upon the people of Allegany County to observe this month by encouraging our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and leaders to “Get Back on Track with Routine Vaccines.”

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