INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; The Washoe County School District is reminding parents that all incoming seventh-graders must be immunized against pertussis (whooping cough) before they will be allowed to attend school this fall. Under state law, seventh-graders are required to receive a and#8220;T-dapand#8221; (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine.
and#8220;Pertussis is a serious disease that can have devastating health consequences, especially for very young children and other vulnerable populations,and#8221; said Dana Balchunas, director of Student Health Services. and#8220;We are urging all parents of incoming seventh-graders to have their student immunized as soon as possible so they do not have to miss any school when it starts on August 27.and#8221;
So far this year, seven cases of pertussis have been reported in Washoe County. There are a number of options available to parents who want to acquire immunizations for their children:
and#8226; They may contact their family physician.
and#8226; The Washoe County Health Department provides the vaccine by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. T-dap vaccines range in cost from $16 to $46, but no one will be turned away because of an inability to pay. To make an appointment, call 775-328-2402.
and#8226; Free immunizations for all students will be available at a Back to School Fair on Saturday, August 18 from noon to 5 p.m. at Legends Sparks Marina. Immunize Nevada and Amerigroup Community Care will offer immunizations for all school children between the ages of four and 18 on a first- come, first-served basis. No identification or insurance is required.
and#8220;We hope parents will take advantage of these services as soon as possible,and#8221; said Balchunas. and#8220;It is crucial for our children to be protected against these illnesses so they can stay healthy and stay in school.and#8221;