It’s a warm sunny day and the kids are playing out in the yard, it is hard to believe that back to school season is right around the corner. It is time to shop for clothes and school supplies but even more important check your children’s immunization records to make sure they are up to date and protected for school.
Multiple vaccines are required for Kindergarten, but "Immunizations for adolescents are just as important as they are for young children" says Jane Sheldon, immunization nurse at Lewis County Public Health & Social Services. Three adolescent vaccines are due at 6th Grade. "TDaP is required for school, and Meningococcal and HPV vaccines are highly recommended," noted Sheldon.
Flu shots are highly recommended each year for all children starting at 6 months old and for all parents too. Parents should also make sure their children are up to date on chicken pox vaccine if they have not had chickenpox. Finally 2 doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine are recommended for all children over 1 year old.
All routine vaccinations for children up to age 19 years are available at no charge through participating providers. (There may be an administration fee which can be waived). Lewis County Public Health & Social Services provides immunizations for children and adults at 360 NW North Street in Chehalis on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-noon and 1:30-4pm.
For more information about getting vaccines check with your child’s doctor or call Lewis County Public Health & Social Services at (360) 740-1223.