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Make sure kids get required immunizations

Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2005

 

  Shelby Gray takes comfort from her dad while receiving school vaccinations from Pat Morrison at the Kenai Public Health Nursing Offices several years ago. Students must have current vacines before attending school. There are several specific required shots that students must have. Contact the school district if you have any questions. Clarion file photo

Shelby Gray takes comfort from her dad while receiving school vaccinations from Pat Morrison at the Kenai Public Health Nursing Offices several years ago. Students must have current vacines before attending school. There are several specific required shots that students must have. Contact the school district if you have any questions.

Clarion file photo

Prior to school entry, a child must be immunized as required by Alaska state law against the following diseases: diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, and any other immunizations as required by law.

Specific booster doses for some immunizations are required for some students during the school year. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will comply with state law in all matters involving immunization compliance.

Any student who does not provide evidence of each required immunization, or a religious or medical exemption as allowed within Alaska state law, will be excluded from school until such time as the appropriate documentation has been received by the school.

Where regular weekly medical services are not available, the superintendent or designee may grant provisional admission to students in exceptional circumstances for up to 90 days.

There is a basic childhood immunization schedule. These vaccinations are required by the state of Alaska for school and childcare entry.

At this age:

• 2 months old — DTP (1st), OVP (1st)

• 4 months old — DTP (2nd), OVP (2nd)

• 6 months old — DTP (3rd)

• 15 months old — DTP (4th), OVP (3rd), MMR

• 4-6 years (before school) DTP (5th), OVP (4th)

• 14-16 years and every 10 years throughout life — Td booster

Vaccine descriptions: DTP — Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis vaccine; OPV — Oral Polio Vaccine; MMR — Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine; and Td — Tetanus-diphtheria Vaccine.

Other recommended childhood immunizations include: • Hib: Hib vaccination is strongly recommended 4 doses, beginning at 2 months of age; and

• Hepatitis B is recommended for children at risk of of hepatitis B infection. (It is given in a series of 3 doses.)

Shot schedules

Homer

Homer Public Heath Center will hold immunization clinics on the following dates and times: from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, now until Aug. 23.

Parents or guardians are reminded to bring shots records with them.

Kenai

The Kenai Public Health Center at 630 Barnacle Way, Suite A, will hold extended hours for its back-to-school immunization clinics on the following dates only; from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wed-nesday, Friday; and from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 22.

All shots will be provided at the center at 630 Barnacle Way, Suite A.

It will hold an extended clinic from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Cottonwood Health Center at 170 E. Corral St., Suite 1, in Soldotna.

The center also will hold its regular immunization clinic hours. Parents or guardians are reminded to bring shots records with them.

For more information, call 335-3400.



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