Parents: Get Your Kids Vaccinated For School

10:25 PM, Aug 8, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- In case you didn't know, your kids have to have their shots to go to school.

The Forsyth County Department of Public Health is warning you now, since you have just 30 days after school starts to get it done. 

"You can shop at a later time, you can buy school supplies after the open house," said Pattie Sacrinty, lead nurse for the departments school health program. "But, for those vaccines that are required, let's do it now."

Your student must be vaccinated to go to school, and the health department wants to help. So, head to your family doctor to get your kids vaccinated or go to your local health department for free vaccines if you have Medicaid or no health insurance.

Kids going into kindergarten need to be vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib), Hepatistis B (Hep B) and Varicella (chickenpox).

And, students going into the sixth grade need to have had the Tdap vaccine, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough). Students who have had a Td or Tdap vaccine in the past five years don't need a new Tdap vaccine. 

Local health departments offer vaccinations during walk-in clinic hours Monday through Friday. 

The Forsyth County Department of Public health takes walk-ins Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 

And, here's information on immunizations at a few other local health departments: 

Guilford County

Alamance County

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