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El Dorado County offers back-to-school immunizations

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency is offering back-to-school immunizations for children beginning school this fall. The agency can provide all childhood vaccinations required for school entry, as well as others recommended to keep children healthy.

Schools must verify each child’s immunization record to ensure all required shots are completed before entry to child care, kindergarten and seventh grade. Kindergartners need a total of five DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), four polio, three hepatitis B, two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and one varicella (chickenpox) shot. Students entering 7th grade need to show proof of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine before starting school. For more information about school immunization requirements, including new laws, visit http://www.shotsforschool.org.

Parents who do not have a health care provider or are unable to access their provider and wish to have their child vaccinated through a scheduled appointment at the county’s public health department may call the Public Health Clinic in South Lake Tahoe at 530-573-3155. Vaccinations are charged at cost for those who have private insurance.

Children on Medi-Cal or who are uninsured are eligible for low-cost immunizations.

A $10 administration fee is charged per shot, though no child on Medi-Cal or who is uninsured will be refused a vaccination due to inability to pay. Parents should bring their child’s immunization record. The Public Health Clinic in South Lake Tahoe is located at 1360 Johnson Boulevard, Suite 103.

Public Health is also conducting a series of free, walk-in vaccination clinics for eligible children. For dates and locations of the free walk-in vaccination clinics, visit http://www.edcgov.us/publichealth or call the Public Health Clinic.

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