Back-to-school time means updated immunizations may be necessary

OSCEOLA COUNTY — The 2013-14 school year will be here before you know it. Immunizations are just one of the many things to think about, especially if your child is entering kindergarten, sixth grade or changing school districts.

School-aged children need to be protected against tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, Hepatitis B, meningococcal and chickenpox (varicella). The number of doses needed varies by age.

To view the immunization requirements for school-aged children, visit http://tinyurl.com/shots-for-school.

Please contact your local health department or doctor in order to make sure your child is ready to go back to school. The Central Michigan District Health Department provides immunizations by appointment (we offer immunizations to those with and without medical/insurance coverage). A small fee may apply for immunizations received; however, no child is turned away for immunizations based on income or inability to pay. For more information or to set up an immunization appointment, please call (231) 832-5532 ext. 15.

If you would like an opportunity to get involved in improving access to health services, consider joining Together We Can, a community project aimed at improving  health status in central Michigan.

For more information, “like” Together We Can Health Improvement Council on Facebook, visit our website at www.together-we-can.org or email us at TogetherWeCan@cmdhd.org.