Student Shots Crucial For Class

Sean and Kathlyn Evans are waiting at Washoe County's Health Department.

They should be in class, but they were turned away from high school for not being up-to-date on their shots.

“And then after today, after we get our shots we are, after today go to register and get my classes and hopefully I can start tomorrow,” says Sean.

“I have to get the chicken pox shot, but I don't know what the real name is,” says Kathlyn.

Years ago these two would be waiting for hours at the health department on the first day of school.

But their wait is only about 20-minutes.

That's because the agency takes appointments only these days for immunizations given on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Days before and after traditional school starts, they try to schedule those who need to catch up on their school vaccines.

“We were pretty much booked for Friday and today but we still have quite a few openings for Wednesday however,” says Lynnie Shore and RN with the health department.

A new trend in school vaccinations: private enterprise, specifically pharmacy chains that are getting into the act.

No one knows yet whether they will take the pressure off of public health and family physicians for vaccines.

But we do know from Sean and Kathlyn's mom, the availability on certain vaccines is limited.

“They could have gotten the Pertussis but the Varicella vaccine was the one that held us up, so we had to make an appointment here,” says Janella Evans.

The Health District says those who most likely find themselves turned away at the school door because of immunization deficiencies are quote "new to the district".

That not only applies to formerly out-of-state students, but those who were formerly at private schools, home schooled, or who took classes via the internet.


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