Free Back-To-School Vaccinations Available

Preparing for school means gathering supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines. Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health. Vaccinations also are required for school.

Call a health care provider now to make an appointment. All vaccines required for school are free for those up to age 19. Some providers may charge an administrative fee. Parents who can’t afford the fee may ask to have it waived. Families without a regular health care provider may call the following clinics, which offer free back-to-school vaccinations. Please be sure to bring immunization records. A list of the clinics offering free vaccinations are:

Free Clinic of SW Washington
4100 Plomondon St., Vancouver
(360) 313-1390
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1 – 7 p.m. and every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 5 – 7 p.m.
Walk-in, uninsured children only

Sea Mar Community Health Centers
7140 E. Delaware Lane, Vancouver
(360) 566-4410; call for appointment
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 8 – noon
Some adult vaccines also available at no cost

Battle Ground High School
400 W. Main St., Battle Ground
(360) 566-4410; call for appointment
Friday, Aug. 22, 3 – 5:45 p.m.
Children only, to age 18

Lacamas Medical Group
3240 N.E. 3rd Ave, Camas
(360) 838-2440
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2 – 6 p.m.
Walk-in, Grades 1 – 12

Children who aren’t fully immunized may be sent home from school if a disease outbreak occurs. Most students in Washington have vaccinations needed to enter school. However, parents of 4.4 percent of K-12 students have chosen to exempt their children for religious or personal reasons, giving Washington one of the highest vaccine exemption rates in the nation. In Clark County, the vaccine exemption rate is 6.3 percent.

“High exemption rates are concerning because they increase the risk of disease in schools and day care,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer. “This causes unnecessary illness, and takes valuable time away from learning.”

A list of vaccination requirements in Washington State can be found here.  For additional information, see the CDC website and www.vaccineinformation.org.

 

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