By ROBERT S. MERRILL
School will be starting in a couple of weeks in Franklin County’s two school districts and public health officials are reminding those with school-aged children they need to think about back-to-school immunizations.
“It is important to note children in preschool and grades K-12 must meet immunization requirements,” said Tracy McCulloch, public information officer with Southeastern Idaho Public Health.
“In fact, no child shall attend school without proof of immunization status.”
Childhood immunizations are available through private medical providers and at the Southeastern Idaho Public Health. Public health officials said no clinics will be held locally. But vaccinations can be scheduled by making an appointment and district health nurses will be available most business days through the start of the school year, they said.
Appointments can be made by calling 208-852-0478.
No child will be denied routine vaccinations based on inability to pay. Parents/guardians are requested to bring a child’s up-to-date immunization record and insurance card or coverage information to immunization appointments, said McCulloch.
Minimum immunization requirements for school entry for children born on or before Sept. 1, 1999, are: four diphtheria, tetanus and Pertussis vaccinations; one Measles, Mumps and Rubella series; three Polio shots; and three Hepatitis B.
Children born after Sept. 1, 1999, and through Sept. 1, 2005, must have a minimum of: five Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis; two Measles, Mumps and Rubella; three Polio; and three Hepatitis B.
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