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Reminder for vaccinations

Monday, July 28, 2008

As the school season approaches, many parents may get a giddy, happy feeling deep down inside, knowing their children will once again be spending their days engrossed in spelling words and multiplication tables.

With all the hustle and bustle of buying school supplies, paying for books and buying new clothes, some parents might forget one of the most important processes of school, vaccinations.

Children are required by law to get the vaccinations before they enter school.

Starting school is such a big experience that many children look forward to. However, a kindergartener is not going to remember they have to get a shot. Most children would rather eat broccoli in that case.

And the importance of shots shouldn't go unnoticed.

"Vaccinations are very important, people forget how dangerous these diseases can be because we haven't seen them widespread in so long that we take it for granted," Lynn Stoelting, School Safety Specialist and Director of Nursing Services, told The Brazil Times.

A parent wouldn't want their child to get sick from something that could have been prevented. Stoelting confirmed that some cases of polio are coming back because children were not vaccinated and that can causes an outbreak, the seriousness of the situation should not be neglected.

If a scheduled vaccination is missed, don't worry. Make an appointment with a physician, people can get caught up easily and being late will have no affect on the effectiveness of the vaccine.

If there are any questions about a particular vaccine Stoelting said to schedule an appointment with a physician and ask questions, being an informed individual will do nothing but help to ask the right questions. Only a parent and their doctor should make the decisions concerning the child, she said.

The Clay County Health Dept. holds immunization clinics each Wednesday. It is a first come, first serve basis. They start at 8 a.m. and when the sign-up sheet is filled for the day, then a sign will be posted saying the clinic is filled.

People who would like to schedule an appointment, the available dates are the second and fourth Monday of every month from 8 a.m-3:30 p.m. Immunization records are needed and children will be required to stay an extra 30 minutes after the vaccinations are given per the Indiana State Health Dept. There is no cost for those under the age of 18.

Some adult immunizations can also be done at the Health Department. For more information contact the Clay County Health Department at (812) 448-9019.

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