MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Parents can check one thing off of their back to school to-do list at Mesa County Public Health's back-to-school immunization clinics next month.
Clinics by Mesa County Public Health are scheduled for Aug. 2 and Aug. 14. Clinics both days are scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 510 29 ½ Road, Grand Junction.
These are walk-in appointments only, and you're asked to bring your immunization records.
More information provided below from Mesa County Public Health and Mesa County School District 51
Students entering kindergarten must be up-to-date on immunizations for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (DTaP or Tdap), along with other required immunizations. For sixth-graders, this is an additional requirement, even if the child was current on all immunizations in elementary school.
Parents with non-medical exemption forms (immunization exemptions for personal beliefs or religious reasons) need to submit an exemption form every year, in accordance with state law. Those with a medical exemption need to submit an exemption form only once. Medical and non-medical exemption forms are available.
Immunizations are required for school entry, but they also protect you and our community. Certain populations, such as very young children or those with certain medical reasons, cannot receive immunizations, so it's important that the people around them are immunized.
If you aren't sure which immunizations your child needs MCPH staff can help, and if you're behind they can get you back on-track.
Can't make the clinics? Call (970) 248-6906 to make an appointment or contact your local health care provider. For more information on childhood immunizations, including easy-to-read immunization schedules, visit health.mesacounty.us., click on "Family Services," then on "Immunizations."
For questions regarding immunizations required to attend school, call Nursing Services at School District 51 at 254-5417 or review the list provided in each Parent Student Handbook.