Department of Public Health:
Time for Back to School Immunizations
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[June 10, 2017]
- 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 child care facilities 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
immunization effort each year.
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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 Friday from 7:30-11:30. All major insurance
cards are accepted. Please call the department with any questions at
217-735-2317. For more information as to what the health department offers, log
onto their website at WWW.LCDPH.ORG.
[Don Cavi, MS, LEHP
Public Health Administrator
Logan County Department of Public Health]