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Broome County Health Department Expands on National Immunization Month

The Broome County Health Department is kicking off National Immunization Awareness Month. The group is stressing the importance of getting vaccinated.

According to the Health Department, vaccines give parents the ability to protect their children from 14 serious diseases such as polio, measles, and whooping cough. With kids returning to school in about a month, parents must make sure their kids are up to date on their vaccines.

So far, almost 300 cases of measles have been reported in 2015, most stemming from an outbreak at an amusement park in California. This was the result of children whose parents chose not to vaccinate their children.