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Small “ouch,” big benefit: Shot clinics Aug. 19-Sept. 6

No shortage of required childhood vaccines, says Health District

SNOHOMISH COUNTY --- Whether your children are headed to college or grades K-12, immunize them before they go, say local health officials. Snohomish Health District will offer back-to-school immunizations at its clinics in Everett and Lynnwood on a walk-in basis throughout the day from Monday, Aug. 19 through Tuesday, Sept. 3; and afternoons Wednesday, Sept. 4 through Friday, Sept. 6.

Required childhood vaccines are available. Additionally, both clinics are stocked with meningococcal vaccine, recommended by the Health District for freshman college students living in dormitories.*

“Our back-to-school ‘special’ dates are very popular,” said Stacy Kiyasu, RN, Snohomish Health District clinic manager. “Families can avoid long lines and long waits by coming in before August 19,” she said. Kiyasu advised clients to call the clinics for an appointment or to confirm walk-in hours.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany a child to the clinic, and must bring a complete record of the child’s immunizations. “If you are unable to accompany your child,” said Kiyasu, “you need to complete a Snohomish Health District authorization form to have another individual bring your child to the clinic.” The forms are available at both clinics, and the clinics will mail or fax forms on request.

Families with Healthy Options are encouraged to see their health care provider, but will be welcomed at Snohomish Health District. Payment is requested on the day of service in cash or by check. Cost for immunization services is $19.95 office visit fee, plus $10 administration fee per vaccine. There is no charge for the vaccine itself. A sliding fee scale based on household size and gross monthly income is available. Medical coupons are accepted, but private insurance is not. Snohomish Health District clinics do not accept credit or debit cards.

SHD Main Clinic, 3020 Rucker Ave, Suite 108, Everett
425.339.5220; 425.339.5252 (TTY)
Walk-in hours, Aug. 19-Sept. 3: Mon through Fri, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.;
Walk-in hours, Sept. 4-6: Wed through Fri, 1- 4:30 p.m.

SHD South County Clinic, 6101 200th Ave SW, Lynnwood
425.775.3522; 425.778.5417 (TTY)
Walk-in hours, Aug. 19-Sept. 3: Mon, Tue & Thu, 8 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.; Wed & Fri, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Walk-in hours, Sept. 4-6: Wed & Fri, 1-4:30 p.m.; Thu, 1-5:30 p.m.

The following are minimum vaccines required for children to attend school, Sept. 2002-June 2003:

  • Kindergarten:
    4 doses DTP/DTaP, provided last dose given on or after 4th birthday
    3 doses polio, all oral or injectable, provided last dose given on or after 4th birthday,
    4 doses if combination of oral and injectable vaccines
    2 doses measles; 1 dose mumps; 1 dose rubella (usually given as MMR), all given on or after 1st birthday and at least 28 days apart
    3 doses hepatitis B
  • Grades 1 & 2:
    3 doses DTP/DTaP/DT/Td, provided last dose given on or after 4th birthday
    3 doses polio, all oral or injectable, provided last dose given on or after 4th birthday,
    4 doses if combination of oral and injectable vaccines
    2 doses measles; 1 dose mumps; 1 dose rubella (usually given as MMR), all given on or after 1st birthday and at least 28 days apart
    3 doses hepatitis B
  • Grades 3-5:
    3 doses DTP/DTaP/DT/Td, provided last dose given on or after 4th birthday
    3 doses polio, all oral or injectable, provided last dose given on or after 4th birthday,
    4 doses if combination of oral and injectable vaccines
    1 dose measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
    3 doses hepatitis B
  • Grades 6-12:
    3 doses DTP/DTaP/DT/Td, provided last dose given on or after 4th birthday
    3 doses polio, all oral or injectable, provided last dose given on or after 4th birthday,
    4 doses if combination of oral and injectable
    2 doses measles, 1 dose mumps, 1 dose rubella

These are minimum requirements only. Your health care provider may recommend additional immunizations to help ensure your child’s health. These recommendations may include:

  • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for any child without history of disease.
  • Hepatitis B for any child (grades 6-12) without history of disease or who has not completed the vaccine series. Note: A vaccine series never needs to be restarted. A child who has received one or two doses of this vaccine in the past needs only to complete the series.
  • Tetanus-diphtheria (Td) for children 11 years or older whose last tetanus-containing vaccine was 5 or more years ago. Children who did not receive this vaccine last year due to the shortage may be immunized now because vaccine is currently available.
  • Meningococcal vaccine for college students.*

Please call if you have any questions or concerns or to schedule an appointment: Main Clinic (Everett) 425.339.5220; South County Clinic (Lynnwood) 425.775.3522.

Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org.

*More information about recommendations for meningococcal vaccination: www.doh.wa.gov/immunize; www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo; www.acha.org.

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