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      City offers educational opportunities, immunization clinics in honor of NIIW

      National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children under 2 years old.

      National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 26 - May 3, 2014, is an annual observance highlighting the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.

      This year marks the 20th anniversary of NIIW. Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the U.S. have joined together to acknowledge the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities and public health.

      The City of Amarillo Department of Public Health is recognizing NIIW:

      Tuesday, April 29: Southwest Library, parent education after 10 a.m. story time

      Thursday, May 1: Northeast Library, parent education after 10 a.m. story time

      Thursday, May 1: United Supermarket, 1501 E. Amarillo Blvd., information and education for the public from 3-7 p.m.

      The City of Amarillo Department of Public Health offers vaccination clinics for infants and older children, as well as adults, weekly. We are able to vaccinate children who have no health insurance, Medicaid and those who meet the requirements of underinsured. Adults who have no health insurance are also served.

      The weekly Public Health immunization clinic times at 1000 Martin Road are:

      Tuesday from 1 - 4 p.m.

      Wednesday-Friday from 8 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 4 p.m.

      The cost is $5 for one shot or $10 for two or more. However, no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Each patient must bring a current immunization record. All children must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

      If you have questions about your child's vaccinations, call your primary health care physician or the Amarillo Department of Public Health at (806) 378-3600.