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  • Health Department, School District Urge Parents to Check Immunization Records
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 08/01/13 - 08:41 AM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah) - School starts on August 14th, and the Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) along with the Washington County School District (WCSD) are reminding parents to make sure their children are up to date on their vaccinations. Utah law requires that students be fully immunized in order to attend school.

    "All students will need proof that the correct number of doses of each vaccine and the intervals between doses is correct," says LuAnne Forrest, WCSD Director of Student Services. "If the interval between doses has been too short, the child is not fully immunized and will need another dose. If a child’s immunizations are not up to date at registration, he or she may still be able to enroll and attend school if the child receives the first dose of each vaccine and is on schedule to receive the next dose."

    Parents can contact their child's doctor or school to find out if their child's records are up to date. If needed, all required immunizations are available at the health department (435-986-2557) on a walk-in basis during clinic hours (bring child's immunization record):

    Southwest Utah Public Health Department

    620 S. 400 E. (3rd level), St. George

    Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday

    7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Tuesday:

    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Every other Friday (starting August 2):

    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Making sure children’s immunizations are up to date is an important part of getting ready for school this year. A child who is not fully immunized remains at risk for catching or spreading diseases such as pertussis (whooping cough), chicken pox, and measles.

    For a list of required school immunizations, visit www.immunize-utah.org and click the "School & Early Childhood Program Immunization Requirements" link.

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