2012: Immunization required before entering school

State law requires parents or guardians of all pupils to submit documentary proof of required immunizations to the school administrator prior to school attendance.

Immunizations required to attend school in Arizona are a series of Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis; Polio; MMR; Hep B; and Varicella.

Students 11 years of age and older in 6th through 9th grades are also required to have a (Tdap) Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis and (MV) Meningococcal Vaccine.

Immunization is vital to protect children and communities against diseases and according to the Center for Disease Control, with total participation, immunizations can eliminate many serious diseases in this country, such as polio, measles, meningitis caused by Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib), congenital rubella, diphtheria, and have already eradicated smallpox worldwide.

Unfortunately because of recent misconceptions regarding immunizations, there has been an increase in the occurrence of measles transmission in this country.

Students can get the required vaccinations at their own doctors’ offices or through the Yavapai County Health Services Department. Call Yavapai County Health Services in Cottonwood at 639-8132 for more information on back-to-school vaccination requirements.

The county offers vaccinations for a $15 administrative fee per child.

No one is denied service because of inability to pay the administrative fee. This service is available to children 18 years of age and under.

For more information on immunizations, check the Center of Disease Control’s web site at www.cdc.org, or www.whyimmunize.org.

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