JULY 28, 2010

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Don’t forget – Kids need back-to-school immunizations

Maricopa County Public Health and Community Partners release listing of county-wide Clinics

PHOENIX – Add vaccinations to the top your child’s back-to-school checklist this summer. A list Valley-wide locations providing back-to-school immunizations is now posted at www.WeArePublicHealth.org.

Maricopa County joins with community partners from around the Valley to ensure there are ample shot locations for the large numbers of kids that need to be vaccinated.

“School vaccines are one of the oldest tools we have in public health to prevent disease,” said Dr. Bob England, Maricopa County’s public health director. ”When our kids are up to date on their shots, it helps our entire community in keeping down the spread of diseases like meningitis and pertussis.”

The required vaccinations for children aged 18 and under protect against meningitis, whooping cough (pertussis), diphtheria and tetanus. Below is a list of available vaccines.

Vaccines for all children                                            
• DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Acellular Pertussis)                          
• Polio                 
• MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
• Varicella (chickenpox)
• Hepatitis A
• Hepatitis B
• Hib (Haemophilus influenza type B)
• Prevnar (pneumonia)
• Rotovirus

Vaccines for adolescents
• Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis)
• MCV4 (meningitis)
• HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

All that is needed is the child’s immunization record (including those from other states or countries) if available. Children under 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For any questions, please call our Public Health Nursing Line at 602-506-6767.

A link providing locations, dates and hours of the clinics open now through September can be found at www.WeArePublicHealth.org.