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Immunization guidelines announced for DISD students
According to Denison ISD officials, required immunizations for school children must be current before the start of school on August 24th.
Donna Grubbs, Denison ISD Head Nurse, emphasized the importance of current immunizations for school children, saying the district’s goal is to keep all children as safe and healthy as possible.
“All students must be current with their immunizations before school starts, and requirements often change from year to year. The Grayson County Health Department locations in Sherman and Denison are currently conducting immunization clinics, and they have also scheduled special back-to-school clinics to allow families more options for scheduling and completing all necessary immunizations prior to the start of school. We’re urging parents to look closely at their children’s shot records and get any needed immunizations as soon as possible.”
Hepatitis A vaccine: All students entering kindergarten must have two doses of
Hepatitis A vaccine. Hepatitis A - 2 doses required for grades K thru 6th grades
Hepatitis B shots – three doses required.
Polio – four doses required with one dose on or after the child’s 4th birthday.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine: All students entering kindergarten must have two doses of MMR vaccine, including one dose on or after 1st birthday.
Varicella vaccine: Students in grades K through 12th grade must receive 2 doses of Varicella vaccine. A written statement from a parent or legal guardian, school nurse or physician certifying a child’s positive history of varicella (chickenpox) or of varicella immunity will be accepted in lieu of the two doses of varicella vaccine.
Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine (Tdap): All students entering seventh grade are required to have one dose of Tdap vaccine, or a booster dose of Tdap if it has been five years since their last dose of tetanus vaccine. A Tdap booster shot is required for all students in
grades 7 through 12.
Meningococcal vaccine: All students entering 7th through 12th grades are required to have one dose of this vaccine.
Additional information regarding school vaccine requirements is available on the following link:
Health Department schedules special shot clinics
The regular hours for immunizations at the Grayson County Health Department are as follows: Denison Clinic (903-465-2878), located at 205 N. Houston Street, administers immunizations on Tuesdays from 1 pm until 5:30 p.m., and the Sherman Clinic (903-893-0131) at 515 N. Walnut Street, administers immunizations on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 1 pm until 5:30 pm.
The Health Department in Sherman has also scheduled special back-to-school shot clinics on the following dates and times: Monday through Friday, August 17 through August 21, daily from 8:30 until 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 until 4 p.m.
Parents MUST bring their children’s current and complete shot records and/or a letter from their children’s schools. Cost is $20 (cash only) per child. No checks, CHIPS or private insurance accepted. Children covered by CHIPS or private insurance should see their health care provider, as the Health Department cannot vaccinate these children with State supplied vaccine.
“Parents and students are encouraged to update immunizations as soon as possible, while the waiting times are still relatively short,” said Grubbs.
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