The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The Franklin County Health Department is holding a back-to-school walk-in immunization clinic Thursday, Aug. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The event will coincide with school business day, which is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Children entering kindergarten or sixth grade in Franklin County schools this year must have their immunization records up to date before they can attend school.
A child who will have reached age 5 by Sept. 30 may enter kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Virginia law requires that a physician's report of a comprehensive physical examination, conducted within the previous year, be submitted to the student's school prior to entrance.
The doctor's report must include dates of five required immunizations. For diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP, DTP or Tdap), a minimum of four doses, with at least one dose of DTaP or DTP vaccine on or after the fourth birthday, is necessary.
A booster dose of Tdap vaccine is required for all children entering the sixth grade, if at least five years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine.
A complete series of three doses of hepatitis B vaccine is required for all children.
Also needed is the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. A minimum of two measles, two mumps and one rubella doses is required. (Most children receive two doses of each because the vaccine usually administered is the combination vaccine MMR.)
All children are required to have a minimum of four doses of the polio vaccine.
Also required is the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.
More complete vaccine information may be found at http://www.vdh.state.va.us/epidemiology/immunization/
Compliance with this law prior to the opening of school is required for enrollment unless an exception is allowed for religious beliefs or serious medical problems or if an extension of time is granted by the physician.
Appointments for vaccines are also available on Tuesdays at the Health Department.
For more information, call (540) 484-0292.