OSCEOLA COUNTY\u00a0\u2014\u00a0The 2013-14 school year will be here before you know it. Immunizations are just one of\u00a0the many things to think about, especially if your child is entering kindergarten, sixth grade or changing\u00a0school districts. School-aged children need to be protected against tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough),\u00a0diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, Hepatitis B, meningococcal and chickenpox\u00a0(varicella). The number of doses needed varies by age. To view the immunization requirements for\u00a0school-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\u00a0ready to go back to school. The Central Michigan District Health Department provides\u00a0immunizations by appointment (we offer immunizations to those with and without\u00a0medical\/insurance coverage). A small fee may apply for immunizations received; however, no child\u00a0is turned away for immunizations based on income or inability to pay. For more information or to\u00a0set up an immunization appointment, please call\u00a0(231) 832-5532 ext. 15. If you would like an opportunity to get involved in improving access to health services,\u00a0consider joining Together We Can, a community project aimed at improving \u00a0health status in central Michigan. For more information, \u201clike\u201d Together We Can Health Improvement Council on Facebook, visit our website at www.together-we-can.org or email us at\u00a0TogetherWeCan@cmdhd.org.