Free Back to School Immunization Clinic Planned | Education & Schools
Vaccines are a little painful but kids have to have them to go back to school. On Saturday, kids will get a chance to get the shots they need for free.
The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition will be offering a vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Teamsters Union Hall at 700 N. Lamb Boulevard. The shots will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.
There are new rules for vaccines this year. Kids must now have two Hepatitis A shots, three Hepatitis B shots, a Polio vaccine and a second dose of Varicella or chicken pox vaccine. If the fourth dose of the Polio vaccine was given before the child's fourth birthday it is invalid.
The rules for immunizations apply to all children enrolling in the Clark County School District for the first time including children in kindergarten and children coming from another state. The rules also include older children. Kids entering seventh grade must have up-to-date T-DAP immunization which is Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis.
The head of the Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition reminds parents that vaccines are safe and without them diseases can spread quickly.
"Some of the diseases that we used to see a long time ago, we don't see those diseases. But if we don't keep up our immunity, our community, our herd immunity, those diseases can come back in other states, such as Arizona, California, Texas they've experienced measles outbreaks. And so, we need to make sure that children not only get their immunizations, all the required immunizations, but they get their immunizations on time," said Pam Beale