No-Cost Back-to-School Immunizations Sept. 21

Third annual clinic has more vaccines, open to pre-school aged children.
The Back-to-School season can put a strain on family with the need for new school supplies, new school clothes, and the need for required immunizations for students. To help Thurston County families get back-to-school immunizations, 2013 marks the third year in a row that the Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps and Group Health Cooperative’s Olympia Medical Center are offering a no-cost immunization clinic for children. The Back-to-School Immunization Clinic is on Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at Group Health Cooperative’s Olympia Medical Center.

This year, children in Thurston County can get immunized from pre-school age to high school seniors at no cost. The clinic will also offer all vaccines recommended for children in addition to those required by schools.

“We’re happy to include other recommended immunizations like the seasonal flu vaccine in addition to those required for school entry,” said Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Diana Yu. “Kids are better protected from illness when they are up-to-date on their immunizations, and when those around them are, too.” The Back-to-School Immunization Clinic will be staffed in part by volunteers with the county’s Medical Reserve Corps. Pre-registration is not required for the clinic, but immunizations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A parent or legal guardian must accompany children, and should bring each child’s immunization records. Immunization waivers will not be signed.

WHAT: No-cost Back-to-School Immunization Clinic
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon
WHERE: Group Health Cooperative’s Olympia Medical Center at 700 Lilly Road NE in Olympia, 98506

For more information about the clinic, including a list of available immunizations, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ or call (360) 709-3080 (TDD 360-867-2603). Information about vaccines required for school entry and the waiver process can be obtained from your school or from the Washington State Department of Health (www.doh.wa.gov). Information on vaccines can be found at www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

September 16, 2013/ Thurston County News Releas