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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments
For Release: _____, 2006
“Immunize for Healthy Lives” Back-to-School Drive
If you want to beat the back-to-school rush for getting your children immunized for the school year, start today by scheduling those appointments with health care providers or visiting the __________ County Health Department.
“Immunization is one of the best ways to protect the health of your children against dangerous diseases. Without immunizations, children could catch diseases that cause heart defects, mental retardation, and pneumonia,” said ________ County Administrative Director __________.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Oklahoma State Department of Health stress that staying on schedule with childhood immunizations is the best defense against diseases such as whooping cough and measles.
The following immunizations are required for children entering childcare or school.
The new Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) booster vaccine is also available for adolescents at all county health departments and from health care providers. It is strongly recommended for all adolescents, even though Oklahoma’s school immunization law does not require it. This booster is especially important for those in contact with infants younger than 12 months of age.
College students who are first time enrollees and who will reside in on-campus student housing are required to have meningococcal vaccine. All college students are also required to have MMR and hepatitis B vaccines. These requirements do 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.
The following clinics have been scheduled in _______ County:
For information about childhood immunizations, clinics scheduled in your area, or to find out about meningitis vaccinations for college students, call the ________ County Health Department at __________.
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