The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Nursing is now offering back-to-school immunizations for children beginning school this fall. Public Health can provide all childhood vaccinations required for school entry, as well as other vaccinations recommended to keep children healthy.
Schools must verify each child's immunization record to ensure all required shots are completed before entry to child care kindergarten and 7th grade. Kindergartners need a total of five DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), four polio, three hepatitis B, two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and one varicella (chickenpox) shot. Students entering 7th grade need to show proof of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine before starting school. For more information about school immunization requirements, including new laws, visit www.shotsforschool.org
Parents who do not have a health care provider or are unable to access their provider and wish to have their child vaccinated through a scheduled appointment at Public Health may call the Public Health Clinic at (530) 621-6100 in Placerville or (530) 573-3155 in South Lake Tahoe. Vaccinations are charged at cost for those who have private insurance. Children on Medi-Cal, or who are uninsured, are eligible for Public Health's low-cost immunization services. A $10 administration fee is charged per shot, though no child on Medi-Cal or who is uninsured will be refused a vaccination due to inability to pay. Parents should bring their child's immunization record. Public Health Clinic buildings are located at 931 Spring Street in Placerville and 1360 Johnson Boulevard, Suite 103 in South Lake Tahoe.
Public Health is also conducting a series of free, walk-in vaccination clinics for eligible children at several locations in El Dorado County. For dates and locations of the free walk-in vaccination clinics, visit www.edcgov.us/publichealth or call the Public Health Clinic.
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