Immunization Clinic Hours Extended
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
August 10, 2010
Parents are encouraged to review immunization requirements now and to visit their health care provider or a health department clinic before the last minute rush just before school begins. A certificate of immunization is required for children entering kindergarten, sixth grade, and new students transferring into schools in Virginia.
The Fairfax County Health Department will offer extended clinic hours for immunizations at the Springfield District Office only on Wednesday, August 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m. In addition, extended hours for immunizations will be available at all five District Offices on:
- Tuesday, August 24, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 31, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Friday, September 3, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 7, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
School required immunizations are available each week during routine health department clinic hours, as well. For the fastest service and shortest wait, call for an appointment. Parents should bring the child's immunization record to the clinic. School required immunizations are free of charge at health department clinics. Information about immunizations and health department clinic locations and hours is posted online or parents can call 703-246-2411.
Effective March 2010, Virginia legislation has changed some school entrance requirements to include:
- A second dose of varicella before entering kindergarten
- A second dose of mumps before entering kindergarten
- Four doses of polio, with 1 dose administered after the 4th birthday, for all new children enrolling kindergarten through 12th grade
- Four doses of DTaP, with 1 dose administered after the 4th birthday, for all new children enrolling kindergarten through 12th grade
August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly. By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their families and friends and their communities from serious, life-threatening infections. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).