There are new immunization requirements for seventh graders.
Effective July 1, 2008, incoming seventh grade students must receive Tdap vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) before beginning school if at least five years have passed since the last tetanus-containing vaccination. This may be a surprise for many parents, as this immunization usually was given at 14 to 15 years of age in the past.
In addition to the new requirements for seventh graders, parents should ensure that all other back-to-school and day care immunization requirements have been met. This applies especially if their child belongs to any of the following groups, which have special new immunization requirements:
Students who have not been enrolled before in Nevada schools
Children in day care or pre-school
Nevada college and university students residing in on-campus housing facilities after September 2, 2008
For more information on back-to-school immunization requirements, contact the Washoe County District Health Department at 328-2477.
Regardless of the location at which a child is immunized, it is very important that the parent bring along their child’s immunization record. Not only does this ensure that the child gets the appropriate vaccinations at the appropriate times and does not get unnecessary immunizations, it also enables the immunization process to go more quickly. And it allows for official documentation of the child’s immunization history, which can streamline other processes such as school and day care registration.
The cost for immunizations varies. Parents should check first with their child’s regular healthcare provider to make an appointment for back-to-school immunizations.
In addition to private healthcare providers, and tonight's booth at the Sparks Farmers Market, back-to-school shots are offered at several other community locations:
Health Access Washoe County (HAWC)
1055 South Wells Avenue, #110, Reno
Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
Orvis Nursing Clinic
401 West Second Street, Reno
775.327.5000 or 775.327.5256 (TTY)
Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are preferred, although walk-ins are accepted as time permits.
Saint Mary’s Center for Health
645 North Arlington Avenue, Suite 265, Reno
Hours of operation are Mondays – 1 to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; and Fridays – 8 a.m. to noon.
Appointments are required for all immunization services.
Washoe County District Health Department
1001 East Ninth Street, Building B, Reno
775.328.2402 – Appointments
775.328.3724 – General immunization information
Shots are given from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Appointments are now required. To schedule an appointment, call the appointment phone line beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday to make an appointment for the next clinic day. The appointment phone line will be open until all appointment slots for the next shot clinic day have been filled.
“Our new shots-by-appointment-only system at the District Health Department provides only a limited number of appointments. If parents wait until August, it is likely that all of the appointment slots will be filled. If that happens, their child may not be able to get vaccinated and, therefore, may not be able to start school on time,” said Janet Ford, R.N., immunization coordinator for the Washoe County District Health Department.