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Contact: (_____) County Health Department
(Administrator)
(Phone Number)

Back-to-School Immunizations

Summer vacations are now underway for Oklahoma school children yet parents are encouraged to begin early school preparations by making sure their children are properly immunized.

The _____ County Health Department advises parents to avoid the long immunization lines common in August as parents and caretakers hurry to make certain their children have the appropriate immunizations needed for entry into day care or school.

“Parents will save themselves time and potential frustration by planning ahead and making a visit to their health care provider now rather than later,” urged _____, health department _____.

For parents who are uncertain what immunizations their children may need, _____ provided the following immunization requirements for children entering day care or school:

  • Children entering day care should have age-appropriate immunizations such as two doses of hepatitis A vaccine, with the first dose on or after the second birthday, and the second dose six to 18 months later; three doses of hepatitis B vaccine; and one dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine given on or after the first birthday, or a parent’s statement of a history of the disease (chickenpox) will be accepted instead of vaccination. Other vaccines required for day care attendance based upon the child’s age include MMR (measles, mumps, rubella); DTaP or DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis); polio; and Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib).
  • Children entering kindergarten, first and second grade should have received 5 doses of DTaP/DTP (or 4 doses if the 4th dose was given on or after 4th birthday); 4 doses of polio vaccine (or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was given on or after the 4th birthday); 2 doses of MMR; 3 doses of hepatitis B; 2 doses of hepatitis A, and 1 dose of varicella, or a statement of history of the disease (chickenpox).
  • Children entering third and fourth grades should have received 5 doses of DTaP/DTP (or 4 doses if the 4th dose was given on or after the 4th birthday); 4 doses of polio vaccine (or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was given on or after the 4th birthday); and 2 doses of MMR.
  • Children entering the fifth and sixth grades should have received 3 doses of DTaP/DTP; 3 doses of polio vaccine; and 2 doses of MMR.
  • Children entering the seventh, eighth and ninth grades should have received 3 doses of DTP; 3 doses of polio; 2 doses of MMR; 3 doses of hepatitis B; and 2 doses of hepatitis A.
  • Children who will be tenth graders should have received 3 doses of DTP; 3 doses of polio; 2 doses of MMR; and 3 doses of hepatitis B.
  • Children entering the eleventh and twelfth grades should have received 3 doses of DTP; 3 doses of polio; and 1 dose of MMR.

“Many children have not yet received varicella (chicken pox) and hepatitis A vaccines, as these were new requirements in the fall of 1998,” _____ said.

For more information on children’s immunizations, call the _____ County Health Department at (phone number) or your health care provider.

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