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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments

For Release: (Date)
Contact: (_____) County Health Department
(Administrator)
(Phone Number)

Back-to-School Immunizations

Even though summer just started, it’s not too early for parents to begin early school preparations by scheduling appointments to get their children immunized before the back-to-school rush begins.

The _____ County Health Department advises parents to avoid the long 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.

For parents who are uncertain what immunizations their children may need, the _____ county health department 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; 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 or first through fifth grades should have received five doses of DTaP/DTP (or four doses if the 4th dose was given on or after 4th birthday); four doses of polio vaccine (or three doses if the 3rd dose was given on or after the 4th birthday); two doses of MMR; three doses of hepatitis B; two doses of hepatitis A, and one dose of varicella, or a statement of history of the disease (chickenpox).

Children entering fifth, sixth, and seventh grades should have received five doses of DTaP/DTP (or four doses if the 4th dose was given on or after the 4th birthday); four doses of polio vaccine (or three doses if the 3rd dose was given on or after the 4th birthday); and two doses of MMR.

Children entering the seventh through twelfth grades should have received three doses of hepatitis B; and two doses of hepatitis A.

Children who will be entering eighth through twelfth grades should have received three doses of DTP; three doses of polio; two doses of MMR.

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

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