Back to School: Health District encourages families to get vaccines early

Clark County School District students are heading back to class on August 14, which means it's time for pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and 7th graders to get their immunizations.

To help families beat the back-to-school rush, the Southern Nevada Health District is offering immunizations at the following locations:

Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd.
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Travel vaccines will be available 8 a.m. -3 p.m.; clients should expect longer wait times

East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Clinic, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson 
Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Closed daily 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
During August, appointments for immunizations are required at this clinic. Call 702-759-0960

Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite
Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Additionally, a special back-to-school immunization clinic is scheduled at the Main Public Health Center at 280 South Decatur Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 12. No other Health District services will be available on this date. However, family resources and information will be available for clients.

Students enrolling in school must have the following vaccinations: chickenpox (varicella); hepatitis A; hepatitis B; polio, tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (DTaP and Tdap), and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR). Parents who have recently moved to Nevada should note the chickenpox and hepatitis A vaccinations are not required in all states, so immunizations that were up-to-date in other states might not be current in Nevada.

Those entering 7th grade must also be immunized against Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough), and  Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis) in the form of a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY). 8th through 12th grade students who are new to the Clark County School District are required to have the meningitis vaccine.

College freshmen younger than 23 years old who are enrolled at a Nevada college or university are required to receive the meningococcal vaccine. The Health District is offering meningococcal B and quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccines.

For more information, visit the Vaccines for School page on the Southern Nevada Health District's website and the Nevada School Requirements page from Immunize Nevada. 

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