Before entering a district school for the very first time, a child must have a physical exam that includes tests for vision and hearing.
A child also must be fully immunized as required by law against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, measles and rubella (German measles). These are combined into DTAP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis) and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio.
The state also offers vaccinations against hepatitis A and B and chicken pox at no charge for children 18 or younger. A pending state law may require those shots in future years.
The Kenai Health Center will host several immunization clinics this month, extending hours for back-to-school shots.
The ones in Kenai will be at the health center on Fidalgo Avenue at Kenai City Hall. They are Mondays and Wednesdays Aug. 14,16, 21 and 23 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Shot clinics in Soldotna are at the Soldotna Elks Lodge. They are Tuesdays and Thursdays Aug. 15,17, 22 and 24 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Parents must accompany all students younger than 18. Bring your own immunization records.
Call the Kenai Public Health Center at 283-4871 if you have any questions.
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