Beat the Back to School Immunization Rush!

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Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) nurses encourage parents/guardians to check the status of their children’s immunizations early in order to avoid the last-minute rush. Check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs and make sure to bring a current copy of their child’s shot record if they have one.

OCCHD Clinical Operations Manager Kerri Stewart said, “Certain vaccines are required for enrollment in Oklahoma schools.”

If you are not the parent or guardian, but are bringing in someone under age 18 then please bring a letter of authorization or guardianship which allows our staff to give needed shots to their child. Child care facilities, preschool programs, schools and colleges are all at risk for outbreaks of infectious disease.

Children entering kindergarten are due for booster doses of the following vaccines:

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Polio
  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)
  • Chickenpox

Children who recently moved to Oklahoma may need hepatitis A vaccination. Students need at least one dose of hepatitis A vaccine to start school. A second dose is due six to 18 months later.

Students in grades seven through 11 are required to have one dose of Tdap vaccine. Older students are encouraged to receive a dose of Tdap vaccine if they missed it. Tdap protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Parents are urged to talk to their health care provider about two vaccines recommended for all pre-teens at 11-12 years of age: HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine and MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccine).

Immunizations are offered Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon at all three locations:

2700 N.E. 63rd

2149 SW 59th, Suite 104

4330 NW 10th Street

Additionally, the Caring Vans will be located throughout the area with a scheduled posted here.

For more information: https://www.occhd.org/eng/clinical-services/immunizations or call 405-425-4460