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Catching Up On Vaccinations Before School Starts
Story Updated: Aug 15, 2013
If you child doesn't have a yearly well child visit, it's easy to get behind on vaccinations.
There are requirements which must be met before your youngsters can head to school.
Immunizations protect us from serious diseases and also prevent the spread of those diseases to others, that's why they are required for school aged children.
Kindergartners must have their their DTaP.
That's the vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
They almost must have the fourth in the series of polio vaccines and another combined vaccine.
"A new vaccine this year is to include your varicella, which is chicken pox, along with your MMR (vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella). So it's one shot and it includes all those into one shot," said Faith Lustik of Jefferson County Public Health.
She recommends, no matter your child's age, that you check with his or her doctor to be sure all vaccinations are caught up.
There are vaccination clinics in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, but all three recommend that your child's physician be your first resort.
Jefferson County's clinic is Wednesdays from noon to 3:30 p.m. with the hours for Wednesday, September 4 extended to 5 p.m.
Lewis County's clinic is open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the first Wednesday of the month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In St. Lawrence County the final clinics are next Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon only by appointment.
Eligibility and charges vary by county.