Before entering a district school for the first time, a child must have a physical exam that includes tests for vision and hearing.
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A child also must be fully immunized as required by law, with DTAP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis, or whooping cough) against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio shots.
As of last year, the state also requires vaccinations against hepatitis A and B. Children may not be admitted unless they have begun the three-shot series.
These required immunizations, plus those against chicken pox, are available at no charge for children 18 or younger.
The Kenai Public Health Center is hosting several immunization clinics this month, providing back-to-school shots.
Remaining clinics will be Aug. 12, 13, 14, 16, 19 and 21 at the Kenai Public Health Center. Clinics also will be offered at the Soldotna Elks Club Aug. 12, 13, 15, 20 and 22.
All clinics are open from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m., except the Kenai clinic on Aug. 20, which will be open from 4:30 to 7 p.m. only. The Aug. 21 Kenai clinic will be open from 9 to 11:30 a.m., 1:30 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The Homer Public Health Center also will offer immunizations during weekly clinic hours.
Preschool and elementary students can receive immunizations Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. throughout the month of August, and junior high and high school students can be immunized Thursdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Special clinics also will be offered at the health center from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 12 to 15 and Aug. 19 to 22.
Parents must accompany all students younger than 18 and should bring all immunization records.
Students will not be allowed to return to school without proper immunization records.
For more information, call the Kenai Public Health Center at 335-3400 or the Homer Public Health Center at (907) 235-8857.
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