Marion County Health Department Announces Back-to-School ClinicsThe Marion County Health Department has set up the dates for their back-to-school clinics this year. Parents can take their students to the Salem Health Department on Friday, July 11th or the Centralia Health Department on Friday, July 25th between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm in order to get their child caught up with the necessary check ups and vaccinations required by the state for their child to attend school.
Health Department Nursing Director Shelley Yoder says that the required vaccinations have changed for the 2014-2015 school year and are set to change again for the 2015-2016 school year.
For the upcoming school year, Three hepatitis B vaccinations will be required for children entering the 6th grade. Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine will be required for children entering Kindergarten through 12th grade, and two doses of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine will be required for children entering Kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grades.
For the 2015-2016 school year, a meningococcal vaccination will be required for children entering 6th grade and two doses of meningococcal vaccine will be required for children entering 12th grade.
Fees for the clinic are $40 a child and are covered by several insurance providers. The clinics will be held on an appointment only basis.
To schedule an appointment, call the offices in Centralia at 532-6518 or Salem at 548-3878.
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