Back to school vaccine clinics open this week

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A new school year is about to begin, so it’s time to make sure that your children’s vaccinations are up to date. With that said, the Mississippi Department of Health is providing extra opportunities to get your vaccines taken care of. 

Many Mississippi State Department of Health county health departments will hold special school registration immunization clinics for adolescents ages 10-17 this week. No appointment will be necessary. All clinic times are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mississippi state law requires children to be immunized against childhood diseases to enter public or private school, Head Start or daycare. There are required vaccinations for first-time school entry in Mississippi as well as a requirement for students entering 7th grade.

“A Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) booster vaccination is required for those entering seventh grade. To make sure your adolescent is completely protected, we also recommend they get the HPV (human papillomavirus) and meningococcal vaccinations at the same time,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.

Clinic dates and locations are as follows:

DeSoto County Health Department (Hernando)
3212 Highway 51 South, Suite A
Monday, July 29
Wednesday, July 31

DeSoto County Health Department (Southaven)
8705 Northwest Drive Building A, Suite 1
Tuesday, July 30

Pontotoc County Health Department
341 Ridge Road, Pontotoc
Monday, July 29

Marshall County Health Department
225 South Market, Holly Springs
Wednesday, July 31

Lafayette County Health Department
101 Veterans Drive, Oxford
Monday, July 29

Attala County Health Department
999 Martin Luther King Drive, Kosciusko
Monday, July 29
Wednesday, July 31
Friday, August 2

Hinds County Health Department
Jackson Medical Mall, Ste. 411
July 30-31
August 30-31
August 5-6

Madison County Health Department
309 Park Drive, Canton
Monday, July 29
Wednesday, July 31
Friday, August 2

Warren County Health Department
807 Monroe Street, Vicksburg
Tuesday, July 30
Wednesday, July 31

Copiah County Health Department
640 Georgetown Street, Hazlehurst
Monday, July 29

Lauderdale County Health Department
5524 Valley Street, Meridian
Monday, July 29
Tuesday, July 30
Thursday, August 1
Friday, August 2

Scott County Health Department
519 Airport Road, Forest
Monday, July 29
Friday, August 2

Simpson County Health Department
2789 Simpson Hwy 49, Mendenhall
Tuesday, July 30
Thursday, August 1

Pike County Health Department
114 East Presley Boulevard in McComb
Tuesday, July 30

Lamar County Health Department
207 Main Street, Purvis
July 30
Tuesday, July 30
Thursday, August 1

Marion County Health Department
908 Sumrall Road, Columbia
Tuesday, July 30
Friday, August 2

Pearl River County Health Department
7547 Highway 11 North, Carriere
Monday, July 29
Wednesday, July 31

Jackson County Health Department
4600 Lt. Eugene J. Majure Drive, Pascagoula
Wednesday, July 31

During these clinics, the health department will have additional nursing staff available to provide adolescent immunizations so that parents can complete the process quickly and efficiently. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s immunization record.

Parents must provide the school with a Certificate of Immunization Compliance (Form 121) from their immunization provider prior to school entry.

You may check with your physician or county health department if you have questions about which immunizations your child will need. Childhood vaccinations are available at county health departments by appointment.

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