Shots save lives; protect students before school starts
Immunizations are available at little or no cost
Marni Storey, Public Health
Vancouver, WA —With school just about to start, now is the time to schedule back-to-school immunizations to prevent dangerous illness, including pertussis, or whooping cough.
Call your health care provider for an appointment and bring your child’s record. If you can’t find the record, ask your health care provider to check the CHILD Profile Immunization Registry.
“Immunizations save lives and protect against serious and preventable illnesses,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer. “This year’s whooping cough epidemic shows the importance of getting vaccinated.”
To see a complete list of vaccines required for public school or child care, visit www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize/default.htm. Others are recommended.
Shots may be available at little or no cost.
Washington’s Childhood Vaccine Program buys vaccines for children under 19, but some providers may charge to have shots given or for office visits. People who can’t afford those fees may ask providers to waive their charges.
Children and teens without medical insurance may obtain shots at little or no cost from the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (360) 313-1390, and Sea Mar Community Health Center (360) 852-9070.
To exempt a child from statewide requirements, you must obtain a Certificate of Exemption or letter from a licensed Washington health care provider.