Back to school vaccine clinics

Rising kindergartner prepares for a vaccine for school (PHOTO: Danner Evans).

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- This is the last week of summer vacation for some area schools and others head back in 10 days.

There's something very important your child needs beyond school supplies for that first day of class.

Your students -- especially kindergarten and 6th graders -- need to get their vaccines.

Right now health departments in Lynchburg and surrounding counties are holding vaccine clinics. You can drop in and get what your child needs.

For kindergarten, Sasha Garrett with the health department said your child needs to be up to date on all childhood vaccines. Sixth graders are now required to get the T-DAP vaccine.

“Families who choose not to get immunizations we are seeing more outbreaks of diseases we can prevent -- for example pertussis or the whooping cough,” Garrett explained. ”We are seeing some cases or have seen some cases in the area. So it's really important we get those vaccinations to protect ourselves and our communities around us.”

Garrett also suggests you talk to your doctor about the HPV vaccine for both boys and girls.

For your college age students, she also suggested the meningococcal vaccine to prevent meningitis.

Whatever you decide, get it done now.

“Don't wait until the first day of school,” Garrett said. “Try to get in as soon as possible. You don't want your child held out of school because they didn't have the required vaccines.”

Health Departments across our region have vaccine clinics in the morning and afternoon.

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