FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2016
In addition to pencils, paper, and other classroom essentials, vaccinations should be included on every back-to-school checklist. The Kansas City Missouri Health Department (KCHD) reminds parents that Missouri law requires Missouri students to get immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
Every year the KCHD immunization clinics helps hundreds of parents and children meet school vaccination requirements. The back-to-school rush is KCHD’s largest immunization effort each year.
This year the Kansas City Health Department will host two special back-to-school immunization clinics. The first clinic will be Saturday, July 16th 9 a.m. to noon, and the second clinic will be held Saturday, August 13th 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both clinics will be at the Health Department located at 2400 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108.
“State law has vaccine requirements for school entry,” Jelene Wynn, RN Public Health Nurse Supervisor said. “I want parents to know that vaccines are a safe and effective way to help individuals protect themselves, their families, and loved ones from preventable diseases. Our immunization clinics are open to students from ALL school districts.”
New Missouri School Requirements for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows:
- One dose of Meningococcal (MCV) is required for all children entering the 8th grade.
- Two doses of Meningococcal (MCV) is required for all children entering the 12th grade unless the first dose was administered to a student who was 16 years of age or older, in which case only one dose is required.
The Health Department asks that the parent or guardian presents a copy of their child’s shot record. If your child has previously received shots at the Health Department, you can get a copy when you register.
For more information contact the KCHD Immunizations Clinic 816-513-6108.
The Health Department is proud to be a member of the Mid-America Immunization Coalition