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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.