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Before School Begins

Parents' thoughts are turning toward the new school year. In addition to preparing pencils and notebooks, parents should check every child's immunization record before school.

State law requires that children show proof of vaccination against certain diseases before enrolling in school, as well as in daycare and preschool. The law allows parents to claim an exemption from these requirements for medical, religious or personal reasons.

Making sure now that immunizations are completed can save a child from being delayed in starting school and can save parents from the last minute rush to have their children vaccinated.

There have been recent changes in school vaccination requirements. The following checklist may help parents review a child's record:

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria: Four doses required by the age of two. Five doses required for school entry.
  • Polio: Three doses required by the age of two. Four doses required for school entry.
  • Pertussis: Four doses required by the age of two. Five doses required for school entry.
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): One dose required by age of two. Two doses required for school entry.
  • Varicella (chickenpox): One dose on or after first birthday for daycare, preschool and school entry, unless child had already contracted chickenpox.
  • Hepatitis B: Three doses for daycare, preschool and school entry.

Parents may consult their family physician for immunizations. Vaccinations may also be obtained at low cost through county public health nursing offices. Colorado residents can receive immunizations at these clinics regardless of their income level; the charges may be waived for low-income families.

Garfield County Public Health
Glenwood Springs and Rifle
945-6614 or 625-5200

Eagle County Public Health
500 Broadway,Eagle or 328-8840
Immunizations on Tuesdays
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