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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments

For Release: _____, 2005
Contact: __________
_____ County Health Department
(Phone)

It’s Not Too Early for Back-to-School Immunizations
Includes Childcare, School and College Age Students

While you are enjoying your summer vacation schedule, don’t forget to take the time to plan back-to-school appointments to get your children immunized before the big rush begins. The________ County Health Department wants to remind parents that a little advance planning will help save you time and you can avoid the long lines of parents waiting to get their children immunized for day care or school.

“Immunization is one of the best ways to protect the health of children against 12 dangerous diseases. Without immunizations, children could catch diseases that cause heart defects, mental retardation, and pneumonia,” said ________ County Administrative Director __________.

The following immunizations are required for children entering childcare, school, or college in Oklahoma.

Children attending childcare:

By 2 months of age:

  • Hepatitis B #1
  • DTaP #1
  • Polio #1
  • Hib #1

By 4 months of age:

  • Hepatitis B #2
  • DTaP #2
  • Polio #2
  • Hib #2

By 6 months of age:

  • Hepatitis B #3 (due 6 to 18 mos. of age)
  • DTaP #3
  • Polio #3 (due 6 to 18 mos. of age)
  • Hib (due now or at 12 months)

By 12 months of age:

  • DTaP #4
  • Hib
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)

At 2 years of age:

  • Hepatitis A #1

6 to 18 months later:

  • Hepatitis A #2

Children entering pre-school programs are required to have the same vaccines required for childcare attendance except Hib.

Children entering kindergarten through seventh grade in Fall 2005:

  • 5 DTaP
  • 4 Polio
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 Hepatitis A
  • 2 MMR
  • 1Varicella.

Adolescents entering 8th and 9th grades are required to have all the vaccines listed above except Varicella.

Adolescents entering 10th, 11th, & 12th grades:

  • 3 DTaP
  • 3 Polio
  • 2 MMR
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 Hepatitis A

College students who are first time enrollees and will reside in on-campus student housing are required to have meningococcal vaccine.

All college students are required to have MMR and hepatitis B vaccines. This requirement does not apply to students enrolling in courses delivered via the Internet or through distance learning in which the student is not required to attend class on campus.

For more information on children’s immunizations, call the _____ County Health Department at __________ or contact your health care provider.

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