Children with no health insurance or have insurance that doesn’t cover immunizations can still get the state-required shots they need to head back to school.
Chickasaw County Public Health LPN and Immunization Nurse Andrea Kime says children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children (VFC), a federal program available through their office, can be provided with the immunizations kids need for school and/or licensed child care centers. Kime says target groups for those getting shots are students entering kindergarten, seventh grade and the high school level.
For students who require the Meningitis A vaccine, Kime also encourages getting the Meningitis B immunization and, for students of adolescent age, the HPV vaccine.
Public Health Administrator Lisa Welter also reminds parents that their office has limitations on who they can immunize.
Welter says her department is available to answer any immunization questions, including those about COVID vaccinations for students 12 and older.