Logan County Department of Public
Health: Time for Back to School Immunizations
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[July 07, 2016]
- In addition to pencils, paper and other classroom essentials,
vaccinations should be included on every back-to-school checklist.
The Logan County Department of Public Health (LCDPH) is reminding
parents that Illinois law requires students in Illinois schools to
be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
According to experts at the CDC, immunizations are a valuable
public health resource, are cost-effective and help fight
preventable disease throughout the community. Every child entering
an Illinois school or attending a child care facility is mandated to
comply with the Illinois State Immunization requirements. Required
immunizations include diphtheria-tetanus-whooping cough, polio,
measles-mumps-rubella, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza type B,
varicella, pneumococcal and meningococcal. Human papilloma virus
vaccine is recommended for adolescents but is not required by law.
Each year, hundreds of parents and children visit the LCDPH
vaccination clinic to meet school-entry vaccination requirements.
The back-to-school rush is the departmentís largest annual
immunization effort. For public convenience and to keep waiting time
to a minimum, the LCDPH encourages families to come in as soon as
possible to beat the rush for back to school vaccines.
The Logan County Department of Public Health currently operates
Monday-Thursday from 7:30-4:00 and all major insurance cards are
accepted. Please call the department with any questions at
[Don Cavi, MS, LEHP, Public Health
Administrator, Logan County Department of Public Health]