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School nurses to hold adolescent vaccine clinics—
rising 6th graders require Tdap vaccine

July 23, 2014

Hendersonville, NC—School nurses from the Department of Public Health will offer Tdap vaccinations and other
recommended adolescent vaccines from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, and Thursday, August 14, at the health department’s walk‐in Immunization Clinic. No appointment is needed. North Carolina law requires public school students entering sixth grade to receive a Tdap vaccine—a booster against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

The vaccine is provided at no cost for children without health insurance. The health department will bill insurance for students with BCBS of NC, MedCost, United Health Care, Medicaid or Health Choice. Bring a copy of the insurance card or Medicaid card to the clinic. All others must pay $60. Payment is accepted by check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover. After vaccination, each student will receive a new immunization record including the vaccines received that day.

“Tdap vaccine booster and other vaccinations are so important at this age since the protection provided by some of the childhood vaccines has begun to wear off,” said Kim Berry, school nurse supervisor. “Keeping your child up to date should be an essential part of getting ready for the new school year. We hope that these clinics make it a little easier for parents.”

Other recommended vaccines for adolescents include: human papilloma virus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate and flu. Parents and guardians should check that their teen received all recommended childhood vaccines. Two other recommended vaccines are hepatitis A and the second dose of the chickenpox vaccine.

Adolescent vaccines are also available on weekdays from 8:00‐11:30 a.m. and 1:00‐4:00 p.m. in the Immunization Clinic. For more information about required immunizations, please call (828) 694‐6015.

Visit the health department’s Immunization Clinic web page at
http://www.hendersoncountync.org/health/web_pages/immunizations.html.

More information about vaccines specifically recommended for adolescents is available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/for-parents.html.

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