County introduces immunization program |

County introduces immunization program

William Ferchland

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Students in sixth and seventh grade would receive immunizations against such diseases as whooping cough and the flu under a program embraced by the El Dorado County Health Department.

IZ Xtreme would help prevent certain diseases for middle school children. A report on the program will be given by Michael Ungerheuer of the health department at a Lake Tahoe Unified School District board meeting tonight.

The immunizations would be voluntary and would require parent consent.

Mary Burns, a school nurse, said the total value of the vaccines are more than $550. The vaccines will be available for free for the students.

There are roughly 600 students in sixth and seventh grade at South Tahoe Middle School. Burns said whooping cough is on the rise while students are at risk for meningococcal disease that spreads in close quarters and those who share water bottles.

“The public health department is targeting this immunization effort specifically for sixth and seventh grade students because of recent breakthroughs in vaccines meant for preteens, and because this age group often slips through the cracks when it comes to preventive care and immunizations,” stated Jason Eberhart-Phillips, county health officer.