(Placerville, CA) - El Dorado County Public Health Nurse, Lynnan Svensson, is reminding parents to plan for the coming school year by ensuring their children are up-to-date on required immunizations. For families without a health care provider, the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Nursing program offers low-cost back-to-school immunizations for eligible children. Public Health can provide all childhood vaccinations required for school entry, as well as other vaccinations recommended to keep children healthy.
Parents who 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. Public Health doesn't bill private insurance and vaccinations are charged at full cost for those with 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 is refused a vaccination due to inability to pay.
Public Health Nursing also offers free walk-in vaccination clinics for uninsured children or those on Medi-Cal at designated locations in El Dorado County from July through November each year. For dates and locations of walk-in vaccination clinics, visit www.edcgov.us/publichealth or call the Public Health Clinic.
Parents should bring their child's immunization record when their child receives immunizations. Schools and child care facilities must verify each child's immunization record to ensure all required shots are completed before entry to child care, kindergarten and 7th grade.
According to Svensson, new California school immunization regulations went into effect on July 1, 2019. "Most families won't be affected by the new law because their children have received all required vaccinations," said Svensson. Information about the 2019 school immunization regulations is available at: https://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/regs2019/.
For more information about immunizations required for child care and school, please see http://www/shotsforschool.org/.
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