(New Square, NY) – RefuahHealth is offering walk-in polio vaccinations at its Acute Care location, 728 North Main Street, Spring Valley, NY. This comes in response to the New York State Department of Health’s confirmation that one Rockland County resident has been diagnosed with polio. RefuahHealth is working with local and state officials to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of the community.
“We’re committed to protecting the health of all Rockland County residents and will continue to work in-step with local leadership and community-based organizations to ensure that all individuals in need of a polio vaccine have immediate access,” said Alexandra Khorover, Chief Strategy Officer at RefuahHealth.
RefuahHealth will provide polio vaccinations to anyone regardless of health insurance or ability to pay. Vaccinations can be accessed at RefuahHealth Acute Care, located on the lower left hand side of the Center’s Main Street location, 728 North Main in Spring Valley, NY. Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 12:00 am, Friday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am.
The Rockland County Department of Health will also provide a polio vaccination clinic Friday, July 22nd and Monday, July 25th at the Pomona Health Complex.
“We’re preparing our providers and staff to ensure that they are able to recognize potential cases of polio and can effectively inform and educate patients and the community about the safety and availability of vaccines,” said Dr. Corinna Manini, MD, Chief Medical Officer at RefuahHealth.
Polio is a highly contagious disease caused by the poliovirus. It is most commonly spread through contact with infected individuals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, polio vaccinations are the best protection against contracting polio. Children should get four doses administered at the following ages: 2 months, 4 months, 6 through 18 months, with a booster dose between 4 and 6 years of age. Adults who have previously completed a routine series of the polio vaccine but are considered at increased risk of exposure to the poliovirus, can also receive one lifetime booster. Adults who have never been vaccinated, should receive three doses.
Refuah encourages all children and individuals who are not immunized or those who are unsure of their vaccination history, to contact their primary care provider.
RefuahHealth, a community cornerstone for 29 years, provides comprehensive medical, dental, and mental health care, including select medical specialties, to residents across Rockland and Sullivan Counties in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, RefuahHealth is a 501(c)3 Federally Qualified Community Health Center. More information about the services provided by RefuahHealth is available online at refuahhealth.org.