Vaccinations or proof of appointment needed by start of school
Health Dept. has limited free clinic spots available
Time is running out for families of students in need of vaccinations before school starts.
Beginning this year, kindergarten, first and second grade students are required to have two doses of the Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.
Also beginning this year, seventh,
eighth and ninth grade students are required to have one dose of the Tdap (pertussis) vaccine and one dose of the meningococcal vaccine.
In addition, all students are required to have the DTP/DTaP (Tetanus and diphtheria), polio, HIB (haemophilus Influenza type B), MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), hepatitis B and varicella (chickenpox) vaccinations.
A full list of the state vaccination requirements by age and grade can be found on the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website.
Katie O’Malley-Simpson, Charles County Public Schools spokeswoman, said that students must have proof of vaccination or proof of a vaccination appointment scheduled within the next 20 calendar days by their first day of school, or they will be excluded from school.
The first day of school for Charles County public school students is Aug. 29.
The Charles County Department of Health has a limited number of free vaccination clinics available by appointment only.
“Our goal here at the health department is to help families in the community to remain healthy, particularly in terms of diseases that can be prevented by vaccinations,” said Lois Beverage, nurse program manager for child immunizations.
Beverage said the importance of child vaccinations cannot be understated, particularly in protecting the community’s most vulnerable members.
“Those under six months, who are too young for vaccinations, depend on the rest of us not to bring diseases, such as pertussis, into their world,” Beverage said.
To schedule an appointment with the Health Department, call 301-6096900, ext. 018.