SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Vaccination remains the most effective strategy for keeping our community healthy and free of communicable diseases. The back-to-school season is a great time for families – parents, kids, and other relatives -- to see their health care providers for vaccinations. All vaccines required to enroll in school are available to children at no cost.
Snohomish Health District will serve you if your family does not have a provider. A visit to a Health District clinic includes a check of your child’s shot record in Child Profile, the state’s immunization registry.
Although exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons, the best disease protection is to make sure children have all their recommended immunizations. Children who are not fully immunized may be sent home from school, preschool, or childcare during outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease, such as our current epidemic of whooping cough. Adults also need to refresh their immunity against whooping cough with the booster shot called Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis).
Required childhood vaccines are available for the school year 2012-2013.
· Two doses of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine or doctor-verified history of disease is required for age kindergarten through grade 4. Students in grades 5 and 6 are required to have one dose of varicella or parental history of disease.
· The whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine booster, Tdap, is required for students in grades 6-11.
Recommended vaccines also are available.
· Varicella vaccine is recommended for children in grades 7-12 who have never had chickenpox -- but is not required.
· Meningococcal vaccine (one shot) is recommended for adolescents age 11 and older.
· A three-shot series of human papillomavirus (HPV) is recommended for both adolescent boys and girls age 11 and older.
· Teens 17 through 19 years and all adults should have one dose of Tdap.
· Children 12 months and older should receive hepatitis A vaccine, a two-shot series.
· Flu vaccine is now recommended for all people age 6 months and older.
Snohomish Health District promotes vaccination of children and adults. Effective July 22, 2011, the process for parents or guardians to exempt their child from school or child care immunization requirements was changed. Clients who want a signature on the Certificate of Exemption will be referred to their provider. Under the law, parents must get information from their health care provider about immunizations. The health care provider must then sign a Certificate of Exemption form for most types of exemptions.
Health District back-to-school shots
August 3, 2012
More information about the form and the law is available online at www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize.
Parents should beat the rush by making appointments now with their child’s health care provider.
At the Health District, parents can make an appointment during normal clinic hours at either the Lynnwood or Everett office. Hours are by appointment from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m. The clinics will be closed on Labor Day (Sept. 3) and on weekends.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany a child to the clinic, and must bring a complete record of the child’s immunizations. If you are unable to accompany your child, you need to fill out a Snohomish Health District authorization form to have another person bring your child to the clinic. The forms are available at both clinics, and the clinics will mail or fax forms on request. On the day of your appointment, our clinic staff can verify and update your child’s status on the state’s online immunization registry.
Health District clinics request payment on the day of service in cash, check, debit, or credit card. Medical coupons are accepted, but private insurance is not. The cost for most immunization services includes an office visit fee, plus an administration fee per vaccine. Reduced fees are available by filling out a request based on household size and income.
Please call if you have any questions or concerns or to schedule an appointment: SHD Everett Immunization Clinic 425.339.5220; SHD Lynnwood Immunization Clinic 425.775.3522. Read more about the state’s vaccine requirements for school-age children and childcare.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org.