PINE BELT (WDAM) - School is right around the corner, which means it is time to make sure the kids are up to date on their immunizations.
The Mississippi Department of Health has put together a list of walk-in clinics for school registration.
During these clinics, health department staff will focus solely on providing childhood and adolescent immunizations so that parents can complete the process quickly and efficiently. No appointment is necessary; all parents that sign in that day will receive service. Parents should bring a copy of their child's immunization record.
If parents do not attend one of the designated clinics listed below, immunization services at local health departments are also available by appointment. Due to limited staffing, parents are encouraged to attend one of the clinics below in time for school entry.
- Covington County (600 South Arrington, Collins) – July 14, 15, 22, 28
- Forrest County (5008 Old Highway 42, Hattiesburg) – July 11, 14, 20, 22, 25, 27
- Greene County (1799 Davis Street, Leakesville) – July 13, 18
- Jefferson Davis County (1185-A Frontage Road, Prentiss) – July 12, 13, 26
- Jones County (5168 Highway 11, South Laurel) – July 12, 19, 20, 22, 27
- Lamar County (207 Main Street, Purvis) – July 11, 12, 18, 26
- Marion County (908 Sumrall Road, Columbia) – July 13, 15, 20
- Perry County (102 Main Street, New Augusta) – July 19, 29
- Wayne County (1100-A Cedar Street, Waynesboro) – July 11, 15, 25, 29
Required vaccinations for children entering school in Mississippi for the first time include: diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); polio (IPV); hepatitis B; measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); and varicella (chickenpox). There is also a requirement for children entering seventh grade to receive the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination. In addition, human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) and a meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) are recommended for adolescents 11 to 15 years of age, and a meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) is recommended at age 16 to 18 years.
According to MDH, Parents must provide the school with a Certificate of Immunization Compliance (Form 121) from their local health department or physician prior to school entry. You may check with your physician or county health department if you have questions about which immunizations your child will need.