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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments
For Release: (Date)
Contact: (_____) County Health Department
“Back-to-School” Immunization Clinics Scheduled
Many school districts will be opening in early August this year, so now is the time to make arrangements for getting back-to-school immunizations. Clinics are in full swing at the _____ County Health Department. Parents and caregivers should check their children’s immunization records to be certain they are current for the upcoming school year. If not, now is the time to schedule an appointment with your health care provider or visit your county health department.
The following back-to-school immunization clinics have been scheduled by the _____ County Health Department: (Insert the date, time, and place of childhood immunization clinics scheduled in your county or area.)
“Vaccinating our children against preventable diseases is one of the most important ways parents and caregivers can protect their children,” said _____ County Health Department Administrative Director _____. “When we don’t vaccinate, we leave the door open for the return of diseases such as measles and whooping cough, which continue to be a threat to babies, children, and adults in the United States. School vaccination laws have helped eliminate major vaccine-preventable diseases. So, avoid the rush and take the time now to schedule your children for their back-to-school vaccinations.”
The following immunizations are required for children entering childcare or school.
New requirement for all students entering the 7th grade:
Children entering childcare should be up-to-date for their age with:
Children entering pre-school must be up-to-date for all of the vaccines required for childcare, except Hib and PCV.
All children entering kindergarten through the twelfth grade in Oklahoma are required to have:
Even though the following vaccines are not required to attend school, they are strongly recommended for adolescents ages 11 years and older:
Please note that ____ County Health Department does not have MCV4 or HPV vaccine available for teens who have health insurance.
College students in Oklahoma are also required to present vaccination records. All college students are required to have MMR and hepatitis B vaccines. First-time college enrollees who will live on campus are also required to receive the meningococcal vaccine (MCV4). The college requirements do not apply to students enrolling only 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, call the _____ County Health Department at (phone number).
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