Are booster shots needed for your child?

The school year is now underway and Lincoln County Health Department reminds parents that their child may need required immunizations for the 2010-11 school year.

“Childhood immunization is an important step we can take to make sure our children grow up healthy from the effects of serious, vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Katie Baumann, Public Health Nurse, Lincoln County Health Department.

Immunization requirements include a single dose of Tdap [protects against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (whooping cough)] for children entering grades 6, 9 and 12. A second immunization of Varicella (chickenpox) or history of disease is required for children entering grades 6 and 12. Kindergarten students are required to have booster doses of Varicella, DTaP [Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough)], Polio and MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella).

To receive immunizations, contact your healthcare provider or attend one of the free walk-in immunization clinics held by the Lincoln County Health Department:

Wednesday, September 29, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at the Lincoln County Health Department, 607 N. Sales St., Merrill.

Tuesday, October 5, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Lincoln County Health Department, 607 N. Sales St., Merrill.

For more information on vaccines, contact your healthcare provider or the Health Department at 715-536-0307.

The Health Department also offers free immunization for children through monthly clinics. Call 715-536-0307 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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