Health departments in three central Mississippi counties will hold special childhood and adolescent immunization clinics for school registration in July.
- The Hinds County Health Department, located at 350 W. Woodrow Wilson in Jackson, will hold a special immunization clinic on Saturday, July 16th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This clinic will be held in conjunction with Jumpstart: The Back To School Jam sponsored by the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation.
- The Copiah County Health Department, located at 640 Georgetown Street in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, will hold a special immunization clinic on Tuesday, July 26th, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- The Simpson County Health Department, located at 2789 Simpson U.S. 49 in Mendenhall, Mississippi, will hold a special immunization clinic on Wednesday, July 20th, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
During these clinics, health department staff will focus solely on providing childhood and adolescent immunizations so that parents can complete the process quickly and efficiently. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s immunization record.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 95 percent of parents nationwide choose to vaccinate their children, protecting them against potentially deadly diseases.
Required vaccinations 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). There is also a requirement for children entering seventh grade to receive the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination. In addition, human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) and a meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) are recommended for adolescents 11 to 15 years of age, and a meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) is recommended at age 16 to 18 years.
Parents must provide the school with a Certificate of Immunization Compliance (Form 121) from their local health department or physician prior to school entry.
You may check with your physician or county health department if you have questions about which immunizations your child will need. Those 18 and under who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children program can receive vaccinations for $10 each.
The MSDH accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP and the State and School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (AHS) as well as most private insurance plans that cover childhood vaccines.
For more information on immunization requirements or medical exemptions for school entry, visit www.HealthyMS.com/immunizations.
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