School enrollment time is here and Howell County Health Department Clinical Director Kathy Doss asks parents, “Have you made arrangements for your student to get their back to school vaccinations?”
All students must present documentation of up-to-date immunization status, including month, day and year of each immunization before attending school. School age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccines, said Doss.
“Don’t wait,” she urged. “Now is the time to let Howell County Health Department (HCHD) assist you in getting your students their required back to school vaccinations. Save yourself the time and frustration that can come with waiting until the last minute.”
She said HCHD vaccination clinics often become overbooked in August, leading to potential delays. As a result, Doss said, Howell County residents are encouraged to call the health department now to schedule appointments before the rush.
2019-20 Missouri school immunization requirements to enter kindergarten include polio; diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); hepatitis B; and varicella (chickenpox).
Requirements for students going into eighth grade include Tdap and meningococcal vaccines.
Students entering the 12th grade should have their meningococcal vaccines.
Howell County Health Department offers all vaccines required for preschool through college. Staff can assist parents in ensuring their children are adequately protected and meet school requirements, said Doss.
To schedule an appointment at the heath department, call 256-7078.