Northwest NEWS

August 24, 1998


Immunization requirements for school

   Now is the time to check your child's immunization history card to ensure their immunizations are up to date for school and childcare requirements.
   Children younger than 7 years of age who are enrolled in childcare, preschool, kindergarten or first grade are required to have a series of diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis (DTaP or DTP) vaccine, polio vaccine, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, and hepatitis B vaccine.
   Those under 5 years of age enrolled in childcare or preschool also need haemophilus influenza B (Hib) vaccine.
   For children entering the sixth grade, and for transfer students in grades 7-12, a second dose of MMR is required. Adolescents (11-18 year olds) should receive a tetanus/diphtheria booster if it's been at least five years since their last one.
   It is also strongly recommended (but not required) that adolescents receive varicella (chicken pox) vaccine if they haven't already had the chickenpox disease and a hepatitis B vaccine if they haven't already completed the three-dose series.
   Immunizations protect children and communities from life-threatening diseases. King County's child immunization rate is among the very best in the nation, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
   The goal is to have 90 percent of preschool children immunized on time by the year 2000.
   A special school immunization clinic is located at Northshore Public Health,10808 NE 145th St., Bothell, 98011. For information, call (206) 296-9816.
   Mon: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., walk in for adults' and children's immunizations, Tues-F: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m./1-4 p.m. A list of Health Department immunization clinics is also available to families by calling (206) 296-4949.
   Bring your child's immunization history card with you at the time of the clinic visit so that your child will receive all age-appropriate immunizations.
   The administration fee for each back-to-school vaccine is $10, though no one will be turned away if they are unable to pay.