Parents, Do Your Homework: Get Your Child Immunized!
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With the start of a new school year only weeks away, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) wants to remind parents to immunize their children against childhood diseases.
"Providing immunizations for our children is one of the best decisions we can make as parents," said Acting State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. "It protects them from many childhood diseases and gives them a great head start for a healthy future. I recommend that you get your child vaccinated and don't wait until the last minute."
Immunization requirements for children entering school in Mississippi for the first time include diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); polio (IPV); hepatitis B; measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); and varicella (chickenpox). Parents must provide the school with a Certificate of Immunization Compliance (Form 121) from their local health department or physician.
All required vaccinations are available at health department clinics throughout the state and through all Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers for a $10 administrative fee per vaccination.
Check with your physician or local county health department to see which immunizations your child will need. MSDH's Immunization Program staff records immunizations received by individuals from public clinics and participating private doctors in the statewide Immunization Registry. Records for most children are available for parents and qualified professionals.
For more information on immunizations, call MSDH at 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948) or visit www.HealthyMS.com/immunizations . Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthyMS or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/msdh .
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Last reviewed on Jul 28, 2011