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Knox Co. Health Department reminds parents of state-required immunizations

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Contact:                Katharine Killen                                                                                                                                              June 9, 2015

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Knox County Health Department reminds parents of state-required immunizations

 

Knoxville, Tenn. — As summer break gets in full swing, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is reminding parents that now is the time to make sure their child’s vaccinations are up-to-date. All students entering preschool, kindergarten or seventh grade and those entering a Tennessee school for the first time should receive state-required immunizations. Before the first day of school, parents must also provide their child’s school with a state immunization certificate, which documents receipt of the vaccinations.

 

“In the past, hundreds would wait until August to get their child’s vaccinations, which resulted in long lines and frustrated parents and children,” said KCHD Director Dr. Martha Buchanan. “Whether it’s with us or their child’s pediatrician, we encourage parents to schedule an appointment today. Come August, they’ll be pleased they have this out of the way.”

 

For those who choose to have their child vaccinated at the health department, KCHD has launched an online registration form, which will be a time-saver for parents. At the appointment, parents should have their photo ID, insurance card if applicable, and their child’s vaccination record if they have it. Appointments are available at the health department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at each location:

 

·       Main Offices and Clinic, 140 Dameron Avenue, 865-215-5071

·       Teague Clinic, 405 Dante School Road, 865-215-5500

·       West Clinic, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, 865-215-5950

 

Both immunizations and the immunization certificates are available at pediatrician offices or at any KCHD location. Parents may contact their child’s pediatrician or the KCHD Immunization Program, 865-215-5150, to determine if their child has received the required vaccinations. More information, including a list of the state-required vaccinations by grade level, is on KCHD’s website at knoxcounty.org/health.

 

Tennessee’s vaccine requirements follow recommendations from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Childhood immunizations are vital in protecting children from potentially serious diseases. The CDC estimates vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years.

 

About Knox County Health Department:

The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is a governmental agency dedicated to making every person a healthy person. KCHD conducts disease surveillance, prevention and control; emergency preparedness; nutrition and physical activity promotion; tobacco use prevention and control; health equity promotion; adult and child immunizations; and much more. KCHD’s mission is to encourage, promote and assure the development of an active, healthy community through innovative public health practices. For more information, visit www.knoxcounty.org/health.