July 8, 2013
SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS ARE REQUIRED
PLAN AHEAD OF LAST MINUTE RUSH
MEMPHIS – The new school year often finds parents shopping for clothes and supplies, but the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) wants to remind them about immunization requirements before the school year begins.
Individuals falling into any of the following groups are required to receive immunizations: childcare facilities, preschool and pre-kindergarten; kindergarten; entering seventh grade; new students to Tennessee; and higher education. The most common vaccinations required include:
• diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP);
• hepatitis B (HepB – 3 shot series);
• polio (OPV or IPV)
• measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).
In preparation for the fall semester, the SCHD will offer special hours at public health clinics to accommodate busy schedules and help alleviate long lines during the back-to-school rush.
Public health clinics (listed below) will be open four Saturdays: (July 13, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Galloway Clinic Hickory Hill Clinic Millington Clinic
757 Galloway 6590 Kirby Center Cove 8225 Highway 51 N.
(901) 222-9750 (901) 222-9910 (901) 222-9940
Shelby Crossing Clinic Southland Mall Clinic Cawthon Clinic
6170 Macon Road 1215 Southland Mall 1000 Haynes
(901) 222-9800 (901) 222-9828 (901) 222-9866
School immunizations are also available weekdays (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the SCHD main office located at 814 Jefferson Ave.
If a parent does not have a copy of their child`s shot records, they are encouraged to contact the SCHD Immunization program (222-9329) or their primary care provider during normal business hours. Additionally, individuals should bring the child`s documentation of insurance coverage, including those on TennCare.