The Edmond Sun

July 17, 2013

Oklahoma County offers child immunizations before school year


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — With the 2013-14 school year almost here, will your child be ready? Besides shopping for school supplies, your back-to-school checklist should include up-to-date immunizations.

Most children entering kindergarten will need the following required vaccines:

• second dose of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine)

• 4th dose of polio

• 5th dose of DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccines)

• 2nd dose of Varicella (recommended)

Students entering seventh-grade are required to have a Tdap booster (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis). The Oklahoma State Department of Health also encourages parents to consider the following two vaccines for their preteens and teens: HPV (human papillomavirus virus vaccine) and MCV4 (meningococcal virus vaccine)

Parents and guardians must have a copy of a child’s shot records. If a shot record has been lost, contact all of the child’s previous health care providers or check with your local county health department. If your child received vaccines in another state, check that state’s immunization websites for information on the state immunization registry.

“There are many opportunities for receiving back-to-school immunizations,” said Oklahoma County Immunization Coalition Director Ellen Pogemiller. “Vaccines are available at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, health departments and nonprofits like the Oklahoma Caring Van Program. The Oklahoma County Immunization Coalition has a weekly schedule on our website and we will also use social media to update immunization sites daily.”

Please bring current shot record to immunization sites. Appointments are not necessary. The Oklahoma Caring Van and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department provides services to children who are Medicaid eligible, uninsured and Native American.

Immunization schedule for the remainder of this week includes:

Today

• Caring Van at Latino Community Development Agency, 420 S.W. 10th St., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• OKC County Health Department, 921 N.E. 23rd St., OKC, 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Friday

• OKC County Health Department, 921 N.E. 23rd St. OKC, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

• Oklahoma City Indian Health Clinic, Children’s Health Fair, Ages 4-18. Must be Native American, 4913 W. Reno Ave., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday

• Caring Van at Citizens Caring for Children, 3001 General Pershing Blvd. (Carriage Hall), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

• Oklahoma City Indian Health Clinic, Children’s Health Fair, Ages 4-18. Must be Native American, 4913 W. Reno Ave., 8 a.m. to noon.

Monday

• OKC County Health Department, 921 N.E. 23rd St., Oklahoma City, 73105, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Caring Van at Buy for Less, 10011 S.E. 15th St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Caring Van at Buy for Less, 3501 N.W. Expressway, from 4-7 p.m.

Tuesday

• OK County Health Department, 921 N.E. 23rd St., Oklahoma City, 73105 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Caring Van at Buy for Less, 3701 N. McArthur, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Caring Van at Buy for Less, 2001 N.E. 23rd St., from 4-7 p.m.

Wednesday

• OK County Health Department, 921 N.E. 23rd St., Oklahoma City, 73105, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Caring Van at Buy for Less, 415 S.W. 59th St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Caring Van at Buy for Less, 2121 W. Hefner, from 4-7 p.m.

july 25

• OKC County Health Department, 921 N.E. 23rd St., Oklahoma City, 73105, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Caring Van at Buy for Less, 2701 S.W. 29th St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Caring Van at Buy for Less, 3713 S. Western, from 4-7 p.m.

July 26

• OKC County Health Department, 921 N.E. 23rd St., Oklahoma City, 73105, from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

• Caring Van at Buy for Less, 1104 S.E. 44th St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Caring Van at Buy for Less, 2500 N. Penn, 4-7 p.m.

July 27

• Caring Van at Cherokee Hill Christian, 6601 N. MacArthur, from 9 a.m. to noon.

• Passport Health, 3330 N.W. 56th #220, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Passport Health accepts most major insurance carriers and eligible Sooner Care/Medicaid benefits. For questions, or to schedule an appointment call 563-8961.