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Southern Nevada Health District offering back-to-school immunizations

Posted at 5:52 AM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 00:16:34-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Southern Nevada Health District is offering vaccines required for kids before they go back to school on Monday.

Vaccine records must be up to date by the first day of school despite school returning online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pediatrician Blair Duddy says the vaccines are still critical to prevent the spread of deadly or contagious viruses that have mostly been eradicated from the United States like bacterial meningitis.

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"I finished my training in the '90s, I'm someone who's seen literally five kids die of those two infections. It's so incredibly important," Duddy said.

He also says he is concerned about the coming flu season amid the pandemic and stressed the importance of getting a flu vaccine as the fall approaches.

SNHD's main location near Decatur Blvd. and U.S. 95 will be open for the vaccine clinic between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Parents should make sure they bring a mask for themselves and their kids and current vaccine records.

An appointment is required and parents can sign up on the Southern Nevada Health Department website.