Is your child is up-to-date on school-required vaccines? There is a new immunization requirement for 7th grade students. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, all Nevada public and private school students enrolling in 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of the quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine.
If you do not have time to get to the pediatrician’s office, you can also visit vaccinefinder.org to find out other locations that offer immunizations - including clinics, pharmacies, and health departments.
Immunize Nevada also wants to spread the word about an upcoming Immunization Health Fair. “Give Kids a Boost Reno” is Saturday, August 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 3925 Neil Road in Reno. Community organizations will be offering free health and safety services, including immunizations for children ages 4-18. Bring the family and don't forget to bring your child's immunization record!
If you need assistance accessing vaccines, the Nevada Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them.
Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.
For more information, visit ImmunizeNevada.org. You can also reach out to Dr. Andrew Pasternak with Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine at (775) 853-9394.