Make sure children's vaccinations are up to date
Washington State law requires that all children have a complete record of immunizations before the date they start school or child care.
The Seattle-King County Dept. of Public Health advises parents not to wait until the last minute, as waiting times increase as the beginning of school approaches.
Starting at birth, young children need to be vaccinated against nine diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, hemophilus influenza type B, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B. A record of these immunizations is required.
In September 1997, three doses of hepatitis B vaccine will be required to attend kindergarten, preschool, and childcare. Preschool children who need this immunization should begin the series now to assure enough time to be fully immunized before school starts in 1997.
Hepatitis B immunization is recommended for 11- and 12-year-olds who have not previously received the vaccine. Also, a record of a second dose of measles vaccine is required before a child can enter 6th grade.
Health care organizations throughout King Country will offer special back-to-school immunization clinics for children who are entering school for the first time and for returning students.
For a list of these clinics and regular health department immunization clinic locations, call 296-4949 at any hour for recorded messages.