Waiting Until Last Minute for Required Shots

by Emily Baird on August 2, 2010 at 6:34 am

The countdown is beginning to the start of school. With less than a month away for most districts, kids need to have their updated vaccinations, especially those heading into kindergarten and 7th grade.

The state recently required that kindergartners receive a second chicken pox shot and 7th graders receive an second DTAP shot…otherwise, they will not be allowed to advance to that grade.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is offering child immunization clinics. All you have to do is call and set-up an appointment if you are a Muskingum County resident. Staff say most parents are aware of the new requirements.

"They’re not aware in most cases of recommended vaccines that they can also have. A lot of times they come to the window and say they’re all up-to-date except they need the DTAP. Well, they can have a second chicken pox. They can have two Hepatitis A’s. They can have a meningitis shot, " says Pediatric Immunization Coordinator, Joan Hazard.

It’s important for kids to receive these vaccinations as a preventable measure.

"It’ll keep you out of the hospital, keep you from being sick for a month, or keep you from even worse than that, " says Hazard.

The health department will give parents an updated vaccination sheet and make a copy for the school districts to have on record.