Public health offers free vaccination
Jefferson County Public Health included a letter about a new required vaccine to parents and guardians in student registration information mailed in Fairfield Community School District.
Iowa has a new requirement of a one-time booster vaccine of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis for students entering grade seven and above, if born on or after Sept. 15, 2000, no matter when the last tetanus/diphtheria vaccine was received.
“Iowa has seen an increase in pertussis, or whooping cough,” said Chris Estle, director of county public health.
All seventh grade students born on or after Sept. 15, 2000, will need to receive the Tdap vaccine unless the student has a certificate of immunization exemption.
Jefferson County Public Health is holding a back-to-school evening clinic Aug. 6, by appointment only and will provide this one-time booster dose of Tdap at no charge, regardless of insurance status or Vaccines For Children Program eligibility. Parents and guardians who would like to have their student participate in the no-charge vaccination clinic need to make an appointment for Aug. 6, by calling the public health department at 472-5929. The public health department holds regular, no appointments needed shot clinics from 1-4 p.m. every Tuesday. The Tdap vaccination will be available on Tuesdays at the clinic, also at no charge.
“We’re holding one evening clinic to help accommodate those who can’t get here on Tuesday afternoons,” said Estle. Contact Heather Miller at Jefferson County Public Health with questions or concerns.