Back to School Vaccinations

by Katie McGraw on September 8, 2013 at 8:54 am

It may seem like summer vacation from school has just begun but it is time to be sure your child is up-to-date on all vaccinations.

Students have a very short time frame, of only fifteen days from the first day of school, to be immunized with required vaccinations before they are not allowed to come to school. Parents of children entering kindergarten or 7th grade need to be sure their child is protected.

"Kindergarten, typically what you are looking at is four different shots,” said BSN RN, Jamie Heinzman. “You are looking at a polio shot, a D-Tap which is the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. You are also looking at their second MMR and a second Varicella, which is chicken pox shot. So if kids are up-to-date those are the minimum number of shots that the kid would need."

For seventh graders they need to have their T-Dap shot and it is also recommended to get meningitis and HPV. The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department, is trying to make it easier for parents to get their child vaccinated, by having extended hours in July and August to beat the back to school rush.

"But in order to accommodate the community for back to school, we are opening late clinic hours Monday nights and Wednesday nights all the way until 7 pm by appointments only. So as long as parents are scheduling appointments we will be here giving shots.”

To make an appointment call the Health Department at 740-454-9741 ext 252