It’s important to get children’s back-to-school immunizations as soon as possible, said Tabitha Frank, RN, BSN, Nodaway County Health Center public health nurse.

Missouri state law changes have necessitated additional immunizations for children entering eighth and 12th grades for the 2016-17 school year.

The two vaccines needed are the Tdap, which covers tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis or whooping cough and meningitis or meningcoccal. The Tdap has been required since the 2010-11 school year. The meningitis immunization is a new requirement for the upcoming year.

A clinic is planned for Maryville R-II registration at the middle and high schools on August 4. Parents will need to bring their student’s insurance card.

There are state-funded vaccines available for students who are on Medicaid, uninsured or under-insured. There is private pay stock for insured students. If the NCHC does not have a contract with the parents’ insurance, the parent will need to submit for payment. The cost is $20.

Kindergartners will need four immunizations to start school. These are: DTaP, which covers diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis; polio; MMR which covers measles, mumps and rubella; and varicella or chicken pox. Appointments are available at the health center.

To prepare for shots, parents need to have their child wear shorts or loose pants, as immunizations are given in the upper leg; bring child’s immunization record; bring a favorite toy or blanket; and stay calm to help your child stay relaxed.

For more information, contact Frank at 660.562.2755.