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Health department offering immunization for kids

July 21, 2009

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The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering a special program that will provide the Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) to Douglas County children whose birthdays fall between Sept. 1, 1997, and Aug. 31, 1998. There is a $14 administrative fee, but no one is denied service because of inability to pay. The program ends July 31.

Getting Tdap at age 11 rather than 15 is new for students entering Kansas schools for the 2009-2010 school year.

Other changes for the 2009-2010 school year are:

• Kindergarten students must have two varicella vaccines, commonly known as chicken pox, in addition to the following vaccines that previously have been required: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), inactivated polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and hepatitis B.

• Students through grade nine must have three hepatitis B vaccines and one varicella vaccine unless a written note from their doctor states that the child has had varicella disease.

For more information, visit the department’s Web site at ldchealth.org or call the clinic at 843-0721.

Comments

cthulhu_4_president 4 years, 9 months ago

You got it, Py. Despite all the wasted money spent on study after study showing that there is no link between autism and vaccines, the antivax crowd continues to spew their lies. They have such a strong foothold in Austrailia that in a rural community, the herd immunity has been diminished so much that they had an outbreak of whooping cough this year! Not to mention that the queen of disinformation herself, Jenny McCarthy, continues to be given platforms on "The Doctors" and "Oprah" where she can continue to give medical 'advice' to the gullible masses. The mind boggles. www.jennymccarthybodycount.com

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Pywacket 4 years, 9 months ago

The immunization requirements are great, if only they would enforce it. The tinfoil hat-wearing parents who do not want their children immunized should have the option of home schooling. Period.

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