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Students need vaccinations before heading off to school

School bells will be ringing soon across York, Chester and Lancaster counties, but some students may not be allowed to stay in class or day care if their immunization records are not up to date.

A child older than 4 will need a diphtheria/ tetanus/pertussis immunization and an MMR, which guards against measles, mumps and rubella. He or she also will need a shot to guard against polio, a health department official said.

Children ages 11 and older should get the updated version of the diphtheria/tetanus and pertussis shot, the spokeswoman said. That shot should be repeated every 10 years.

Shots are given free at area clinics to those 18 and younger. Here's where you can get countywide immunizations:

Chester County Public Health Department at 129 Wylie St. in Chester on Mondays and Thursdays. Appointments can be scheduled from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays. For details, call (803) 385-6152.

Lancaster County Public Health Department at 1833 Pageland Highway on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Clinics are from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays. Parents also can bring their children from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 29. No appointments are necessary; services are available via walk-in only. For details, call (803) 286-9948.

York County Health Department at 1070 Heckle Blvd. in Rock Hill, by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Clinics are available Fridays only at the York health department at 149 N. Congress St. Clinics are from 8:30 to

11 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m.

For details, call (803) 909-7300 or 684-7004.

Toya Graham • 329-4062

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