Prince William Health District Offers New Immunization Appointments

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Provided by the Virginia Department of Health

The Prince William Health District (PWHD) is changing its Immunization Clinic process to improve the experience at its clinics for both children and their parents. Beginning May 1, the clinics will no longer offer walk-in immunization hours, but will increase the appointment times available for children’s immunizations. By implementing this new format, PWHD aims to reduce clinic wait time.Prince William Health District

At various ages different kinds of childhood immunizations are required for school entry. For the complete schedule, visit www.VDH.virginia.gov/epidemiology/Immunization/requirements.htm.

PWHD encourages parents to set up their children’s immunization appointments during the spring and early summer months when the clinic tends to be less busy. In the weeks before school starts, appointment times will rapidly fill up.  Students may be denied or delayed entry to school if their immunizations are not up-to-date. Appointments may be made at either the Woodbridge or Manassas clinic.

Woodbridge Office

4001 Prince William Pkwy., Ste. 101

Woodbridge, VA 22193

CALL TO SCHEDULE: 703-792-7300

 

Immunizations by Appointment:

Monday morning beginning at 8 a.m.

Wednesday morning beginning at 8 a.m.

Wednesday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.

Manassas Office

9301 Lee Avenue

Manassas, VA 20110

CALL TO SCHEDULE: 703-792-6300

 

Immunizations by Appointment:

Monday morning beginning at 8 a.m.

Tuesday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.

Friday morning beginning at 8 a.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following facts to support immunizing children on the recommended schedule:

  • Newborn babies are immune to many diseases because they have antibodies they got from their mothers. However, this immunity goes away during the first year of life.
  • If an unvaccinated child is exposed to a disease germ, the child’s body may not be strong enough to fight the disease. Before vaccines, many children died from diseases that vaccines now prevent, such as whooping cough, measles, and polio. Those same germs exist today, but because babies are protected by vaccines, we don’t see these diseases nearly as often.
  • Immunizing individual children also helps to protect the health of our community, especially those people who cannot be immunized (children who are too young to be vaccinated, or those who can’t receive certain vaccines for medical reasons), and the small proportion of people who don’t respond to a particular vaccine.
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases have a costly impact, resulting in doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, and premature deaths. Sick children can also cause parents to lose time from work.

Immunizations are also important for adults, and the clinics also serve adults needing immunizations. Please call the clinic to schedule an appointment.

Prince William Health District serves residents of Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.  For more information, visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/LHD/PrinceWilliam. You can also follow the Health District on Twitter @PrinceWilliamHD or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PrinceWilliamHealthDistrict.

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