While it may seem to children that summer just began, parents are suddenly facing the Back-to-School rush. In an effort to make life just a little bit easier for busy moms and dads, Payne County Health Department-Cushing will have additional nursing staff available to administer the necessary immunizations so kids can return to class on August 20.

“For two days, Monday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 20, we’ll offer back-to-school immunizations from 8:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00-5:00 p.m.,” said Pam Dvorak, RNC, District Nurse Manager. “We do require that parents bring their children’s shot records with them so we can be certain that the appropriate vaccinations are administered.”

The State of Oklahoma requires the following immunizations for students attending kindergarten through tenth grade: five doses DTap, DTP, TD or Tdap; four doses polio; two doses measles/mumps/rubella; three doses Hep B; two doses Hep A and one varicella (chicken pox). Eleventh and twelfth graders’ may attend if they have received: five doses DTap, DTP, TD or Tdap; four doses polio; two doses measles/mumps/rubella; two or three doses Hep B and two doses Hep A.

Additionally, the following vaccines are recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices: a second dose of varicella; a Tdap booster to protect against whooping cough; meningococcal conjugate vaccine for those 15 through 24 years of age and human papillomavirus vaccine for girls to help prevent cervical cancer.

No appointment is necessary to receive immunizations at the Payne County Health Department, located at 1001 E. Cherry in Cushing.

For more information, contact:

Priscilla Smith

Payne County Health Department

405/372-8200 X 278

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