Back-to-school season is here. It’s a time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.To celebrate the importance of immunizations for people of all ages—and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need as they go back to school—the Jackson County Department of Public Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by the CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious diseases,” said Carla Morgan, Nursing Supervisor. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with the Health Department or your child’s doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.”Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community—including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.Talk to the Health Department or to your child’s doctor to find out which vaccines are recommended for them before going back to school.Parents and caregivers can find out more about the recommended vaccines by visiting http://health.jacksonnc.org/immunizations or calling the Health Department at 828-586-8994 today.
A big Missouri plant for pickups is about to get even bigger.The Post-Dispatch reports General Motors has agreed to make a $1.5 billion investment in Wentzville. There’s no promise of new jobs, but the facility would retain at least 2,000 of its hourly workers.That plant makes Chevy Colorados and GMC Canyons. State lawmakers agreed to millions of dollars in tax breaks if GM expanded the Wentzville plant.GM and union negotiators have been trying to end a weeks-long strike. Union members vote on a tentative deal this week.
India’s football team coach Stephen Constantine on Wednesday called up 22 players, currently busy training for their respective Indian Super League (ISL) franchises, for the two upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers.The players are expected to report to Mumbai on October 4, an All India Football Federation (AIFF) statement said on Wednesday.This follows a controversy after the ISL organisers initially refused to release the Indian players for the two away qualifying games, on October 8 and 13, against Turkmenistan and Oman, respectively, leaving the national team with the possibility of playing those matches without any preparation.Also read: Mumbai City FC announce final squad A preparatory camp scheduled to start on September 29 didn’t materialise because of it. The AIFF later said an agreement to release players has been reached.ISL begins on October 3 with defending champions Atletico de Kolkata playing Chennaiyin FC in Chennai.The squad: Subrata Paul, Karanjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Aiborlang Khongjee, Dhanachandra Singh, Lalchhuanmawia, Narayan Das, Rino Anto, Pritam Kotal, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Cavin Lobo, Sehnaj Singh, Jackichand Singh, Pronoy Halder, Francis Fernandes, Rowlin Borges, Bikash Jairu, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri.