Back to school checklist

Can you believe that July is almost over? As usual, the summer has just flown by and before we know it, it’s going to be time for school again. Speaking of going back to school – have you started preparing for the upcoming school year? It might seem a little early for some of you but just the other day I walked into the store and was bombarded by Back-to-School posters and school supplies. I’m not a student or a parent and even I got stressed out!

Like I said, the school year will be here before you know it, and that back to school checklist isn’t going to complete itself. If you’re a procrastinator like me, you’re probably just starting your checklist. Hey, I’m not judging you. But don’t forget to add your child’s back-to-school immunizations to that list!

Immunizations are extremely important for your child and the general public’s health. That’s why this week we’re going to be talking about immunizations; specifically, mandatory school immunizations. (Please note: back-to-school immunizations are mandated by West Virginia State Law.)

Like students of different ages require different school supplies, they also require different vaccines based on their age and the grade they are entering. Let me break it down for you…

West Virginia state laws require all children entering school (grades K-12) in West Virginia to receive the appropriate vaccinations for: Diptheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DTaP/DTP/Td/Tdap), Polio (IPV), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Varicella, and Hepatitis B.

In addition to school entry vaccines, 7th and 12th grade students are required to receive/show proof of the following immunizations: Meningococcal/meningitis (MCV4), and Tetanus-Diptheria-Acelluar pertussis (Tdap).

It sounds like a lot, right? Well lucky for you, all of these vaccinations and more are available at the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department.

In case you didn’t know, immunizations for children under 18 are available at no cost, pending eligibility for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. The VFC program is federally funded and provides vaccinations to children who do not have the means to afford their immunizations. If eligible for the VFC program, only a small administration fee of $19.95 will apply. If the administration fee poses a financial burden, payment plans are available.

If you want to get a head start on your back to school checklist, please don’t hesitate to call our office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday; 8AM-4PM) at 304-265-1288.

Appointments are available now! And don’t forget to visit our website at where we keep YOU up to date on all the wonderful happenings at the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department.

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