Richmond Co. Health Dept. offering no-appointment vaccine clinics for school children


By Christine S. Carroll - christinecarroll@s24507.p831.sites.pressdns.com



Daily Journal file photo The Richmond County Health Department is offering several no-appointment vaccination clinics, starting next month.


The Richmond County Health Department will offer no-appointment clinics this fall, so rising kindergartners and seventh-graders may catch up on their shots.

Children have acquired — suffered? — most of the shots by the time they’re 15 months old, especially if they’ve made scheduled visits to their pediatricians. So all that may be left to take care of are neglected final doses — some shots need four or five.

The same goes for seventh-graders. School nurses with access to the N.C. Immunization Registry warned many of them during the past school year that they needed shots. Still, some slackers may be out there.

“There’s really not a problem in this county” with parents’ taking their children in for scheduled shots, health and human services director Tommy Jarrell said Thursday. “(But) the chance is that there’s some … parents who wait to get it done.”

It’s for those folk that the clinics are offered.

Clinics will be 4-6:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14, as well as 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. The department is at 127 Caroline St., Rockingham.

When they attend a clinic, parents should provide proof of private insurance, or a Medicaid/Health Choice card, as well as a parent’s picture ID or child’s birth certificate. Shots will be free to those without insurance.

N.C. law requires that kindergartners have the following immunizations and doses within 30 days of the beginning of school:

• Diptheria/tetanus/pertussis (whooping cough) — five doses

• Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) — four doses

• Hepatitis B (Hep B) — three doses

• Measles — two doses

• Mumps — two doses

• Polio — four doses

• Rubella (German measles) — one dose

• Varicella (chickenpox) — two doses

Each rising kindergartner also must undergo a health assessment, which amounts to a physical. Children who have made regular well-child visits are likely to have done so — but again, parents should make sure.

“Shots, we can do a lot of people (at a time),” Jarrell said. But the physical takes longer and cannot be performed quickly, so parents should make appointments as soon as possible if they have not done so. Because 4-year-olds must undergo scheduled shots, it’s possible some have received this assessment already.

Under state law, rising seventh-graders must have the following within 30 days of the start of school — though again, children are likely to have had most of them by toddlerhood:

• Diptheria/tetanus/pertussis (whooping cough) — five doses

• Measles — two doses

• Mumps — two doses

• Polio — four doses

• Rubella (German measles) — one dose

• Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) — four doses

• Hepatitis B (Hep B) — three doses

• Meningococcal conjugate — one dose

• Varicella (chickenpox) — one dose

T• etanus/diptheria/pertussis — one dose (This is a different formula from the diptheria/tetanus/pertussis innocuation mentioned above.)

Within the next couple of years, the state plans to add required shots for rising 10th-graders — but parents need not worry about those yet.

The clinic is for children entering kindergarten and seventh grade, but these are not the only children who must receive shots to attend school. North Carolina also dictates a schedule of immunizations for those entering day care, preschool and college.

To check whether your child has had all scheduled immunizations, visit www.immunize.nc.gov/family/immnz_children.htm. For information about the clinics or other shot-related questions, call nursing supervisor Kim Crump at the Richmond County Health Department, 910-410-1130.

Reach Christine Carroll at 910-817-2673.

Daily Journal file photo The Richmond County Health Department is offering several no-appointment vaccination clinics, starting next month.
http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_Flu-1-.jpgDaily Journal file photo The Richmond County Health Department is offering several no-appointment vaccination clinics, starting next month.

By Christine S. Carroll

christinecarroll@s24507.p831.sites.pressdns.com

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