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Health department schedules back-to-school immunization clinics

Warren County will be among five counties in the state to host immunization clinics next week.

The Warren County Health Department will hold special school registration immunization clinics, for children ages 10-to-17, Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31. The clinic will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and no reservations are needed.

During these clinics, the health department will have additional nursing staff available to provide adolescent immunizations so that parents can complete the process quickly and efficiently. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s immunization record.

The Warren County Health Department is located at 807 Monroe St.

Mississippi state law requires children to be immunized against childhood diseases to enter public or private school, Head Start or daycare. There are required vaccinations for first-time school entry in Mississippi as well as a requirement for students entering 7th grade.

“A Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) booster vaccination is required for those entering seventh grade,” MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said. “To make sure your adolescent is completely protected, we also recommend they get the HPV (human papillomavirus) and meningococcal vaccinations at the same time.”

Parents must provide the school with a Certificate of Immunization Compliance (Form 121) from their immunization provider prior to school entry.

Parents may check with their family physician or county health department if they have questions about which immunizations their child will need.