For National Immunization Awareness Month, Polk County is partnering with Blue Ridge Health to provide vaccinations for children starting Aug. 6

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance that highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life.

And thanks to a partnership with Blue Ridge Health, Polk County parents and guardians can get their children immunized starting Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the Polk County Health Dept. at 161 Walker St. in Columbus. Children can be immunized from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday as walk-ins or during appointments made by calling (828) 894-2222.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to protect babies against 14 serious childhood diseases, like measles and whooping cough, with the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving children all the recommended vaccinations by age 2 is the best way to protect them. Vaccines save millions of lives and protect people from serious infectious diseases that can cause disability and even death.

For more reasons to vaccinate, visit the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine website for parents at