For the fifth year, the York City Bureau of Health is planning a baby shower for city moms and moms-to-be.

To observe National Infant Immunization Week at the end of April, the free baby shower will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. Expectant York City mothers and those with an infant under 6 months of age are invited.

The immunization week is an initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of childhood immunizations before age 2.

But the baby shower isn't just about immunizations, said Debra Stoops, of the health bureau.

It will feature games that focus on baby health, nutrition and care. She said the mothers who attend will receive a baby outfit, blanket and baby supplies.

Cost should not be a consideration when it comes to immunizations, she said. Through the federal Vaccines for Children Program, the health bureau offers free or discounted immunizations to people who would otherwise by unable to pay.

"We see a fair amount of kids who are 3 or 5, and they have one series of shots," she said. Children's vaccinations have to be updated to get into kindergarten, and the health bureau helps to catch them up, she said.

The program will be hosted by the health bureau, WIC of York County and the Nurse-Family Partnership. These agencies are members of the York-Adams County Immunization Coalition, which promotes public awareness and access to immunizations throughout York and Adams counties.


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The event welcomes 30 new and expecting mothers, so space is limited. It will be held at the health bureau's Albert S. Weyer Health Center, 435 W. Philadelphia St. To register or for more information, call the health bureau at 717-849-2299.

- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.