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Is your child up-to date on vaccines? This York County event can help

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As York County students prepare to return to school on Aug. 19, it’s time for parents to make sure their child’s vaccines are up to date.

Students in five-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade must have an up-to-date record of immunizations before returning to school, according to S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

DHEC is hosting a walk-in event for school-related immunizations 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5-9 at Rock Hill Health Department, 1070 Heckle Blvd., suite 307.

No appointment is necessary. Guardians should bring a copy of the child’s immunization records.

Insurance will be accepted. No one will be turned away because of an inability to pay, according to DHEC.

“Unfortunately, vaccine-preventable diseases, such as chicken pox, whooping cough, mumps and measles still affect many children in South Carolina,” said Dr. Teresa Foo, DHEC Immunization Division medical consultant. “Up-to-date vaccinations are the best protection for our children against these diseases.”

DHEC recommends children ages 11-12 receive the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), HPV and meningitis vaccines. Students must have a Tdap booster before starting seventh grade.

Starting in 2020-21, children in childcare and five-year-old kindergarten will be required to receive a Hep A vaccine, according to DHEC.

For more information, call Rock Hill Health Department at 803-909-7300. More information about vaccine requirements can be found on DHEC’s website.

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Amanda Harris covers issues related to children and families in York, Chester and Lancaster County for The Herald. Amanda works with local schools, parents and community members to address important topics such as school security, mental health and the opioid epidemic. She graduated from Winthrop University.
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