OKLAHOMA CITY -- It's hard to believe that summer is almost over and school will soon begin. So, that means it's time to make sure your children are current on their vaccinations.
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department's primary Immunization Clinic is now open and currently operating at full capacity.
For the first time this year, all students entering seventh grade will be required to have one booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine) before the start of the 2011-2012 school year.
There is no grace period allowed for students to comply with this requirement with the exception of military children transferring from another state. Military children may be allowed up to 30 days from the date of enrollment to obtain state required immunizations. All other students must receive the vaccine and present an immunization record before entering the seventh grade.
Younger Oklahoma children are required to have a series of six vaccines before they begin kindergarten.
Eleven and twelve year old children should also receive meningitis and HPV (human papillomavirus) immunizations, although these vaccines are not currently required for school entry.
Tdap vaccine is available from doctors, clinics, and county health departments statewide.
OCCHD offers several vaccination locations across Oklahoma County:
OCCHD main building
921 N.E. 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK, 73105
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesdays – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fridays – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The clinic is open during the lunch hour and appointments are not required for general immunizations. Immunizations are available to children and adults.
OCCHD asks that you bring immunization records with you. The parent or legal guardian must be present with a child. Any person other than the parent must have legal proof of guardianship or a permission letter from the parent stating that the child can have the necessary shots on the date of the clinic.
Other OCCHD clinics:
1ST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BETHANY
3800 Mueller (West of MacArthur)
1st Monday every month 8:30–11:00 a.m.
MIDWEST CITY COMMUNITY CENTER
100 N. Midwest Blvd.
4th Tuesday every month 8:30-11:00 a.m.
LATINO COMMUNITY CENTER
420 SW 10th, Oklahoma City
1st Thursday every month 8:30–12:00 p.m.
MIDWEST CITY WEED & SEED
1124 N Douglas Boulevard
3rd Wednesday every month 1:00-4:00 p.m.
OCCHD NORTH WIC
36 W Memorial, Suite B8
2nd Tuesday of every month 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.