Health Department Advises Getting School Shots Early

by Josh Overholser on June 30, 2014 at 6:39 am

It may only be the end of June, but the kids will be heading off to school before we know it.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to remind parents about the immunization requirements in the state. They say it’s important to be vaccinated not only for the child’s health, but also for their ability to attend school.

"Ohio does require that children have certain shots before they can enter school," said Immunization Coordinator Jamie Heinzman. "If their child does not get these shots, they can be exempt from school for up to 21 days if there is an outbreak at the school. Recently, Ohio has experienced two major outbreaks in vaccine preventable diseases, the Mumps and the Measles. So if any of those were ever to happen in the schools, kids who weren’t vaccinated will actually be excluded from school for that 21 day period."

Despite most recent studies which show vaccinations to be safe, there are still many skeptics. To those who still question immunizations, Heinzman offers this advice.

"To do their research. Ask your doctors if you have questions. You can call down to the health department. Any one of our nurses will be glad to answer your questions."

To schedule vaccinations or to learn which ones are required, you are advised to contact your health physician or the health department by calling 740-454-9741.