Health

Clinic to Help with New 7th Grade Vaccination Requirement

Students entering seventh (7th) grade this fall have a new vaccination requirement under changes that take effect with the 2017-18 school year.

Children enrolling in seventh grade in a Nevada public or private school after June 30, 2017, must receive an immunization against Neisseria meningitides (meningitis, or MCV4). This new requirement does not apply to students enrolled in a Nevada public or private school before July 1, 2009.

The germs that cause both bacterial and viral meningitis spread fast among people who are close together a lot — such as kids in a classroom, soldiers in a barracks and students living in a college dorm. Meningitis is debilitating disease and is vaccine-preventable.

On Aug. 17th and 21st, the Winnemucca Community Health Nurse will offer three vaccines for children ages 11 and up at $22 each regardless of insurance status. The vaccines are the newly required MCV4, the Tetanus/Pertussis/Diphtheria (Tdap) booster and Gardasil (HPV). No appointment will be needed on those two days only. Just bring your child into the clinic between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 17th or 21st to make sure your child is ready for the first day of school.  If you cannot bring your child in on either of these two days, call the Winnemucca clinic for an appointment at (775) 623-6575.

In addition, all children enrolling into kindergarten or those who are new to a Nevada school district for any grade must be fully vaccinated per the regulations set by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH). Other back-to-school vaccinations for children of all ages will be available on a walk-in basis at the community health clinic on Aug. 17th and 21st, as well. These will include children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program, Medicaid or Nevada Check-up, have private insurance covering immunizations or who are uninsured or underinsured will be accepted by the clinic.

The new vaccination requirement was adopted by the State Board of Health on Sept. 9, 2016, by amendments to Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 392.105 and 394.250. The exact language of the new vaccination requirement can be found at: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Register/2016Register/R052-16A.pdf

For more information, go online to http://dpbh.nv.gov.

Courtesy: Martha Framsted, Public Information Officer, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services

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