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State health departments issue free vaccination shots


If you have a son or daughter entering the seventh grade, there is a vaccination you need to make sure your child receives.

Starting in the 2012-2013 school year, it will be a state requirement for incoming seventh graders to have the Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis shot. Pertussis is commonly known as the "Whooping" cough.

If you are worried about the cost of this vaccination, there is no need. The District VIII District Health Officer for the Mississippi State Department of Health, Thomas Dobbs says for the next two weeks all health departments in the state will provide the vaccine for Pertussis and others for free.

"For the next two weeks, from June 18 until the 29, every health department clinic will be offering free vaccinations for this vaccine Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis shot. Also, two, for the Human Papilloma Virus, and Meningococal Virus. It will be free for anyone who comes in. The Human Papilloma Virus vaccine usually costs $130 per shot, and this one will be totally free of charge at all county health departments in Mississippi for the next two weeks," said Dobbs.

Dobbs says these are threatening illness and encourage all parents to make sure their soon to be seventh graders get these shots. For more details, please visit

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