Back-To-School Immunizations

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Students beginning school on Monday will need immunizations for Polio, Hepatitis A and B, and the measles...just to name a few.

Cacy Hargrove says "I want my child protected from anything that he can get...disease, illness. So I do all I can to prevent it on my end."

However, there are some exemptions.

The law allows physicians to write a statement saying that the vaccine or vaccines required would be medically harmful to the student.

But guardians can also elect an exemption simply because of inconvenience.

Hargrove says "I am not for someone being exempt because they can't find the time to get their child immunized because again I think it puts other children and families at risk."

Pharmacist Jared Hayes says the immunizations are important because there is still a possibility of transmitting certain diseases.

One of the pharmacists at Southpark Pharmacy says "A prime example would be the flu virus, the flu vaccination that we recommend everyone get every year. If we didn't have that safety, there would be flu epidemics occuring in my opinion, and it would just be a matter of time."

There are options for families without insurance as well.

Hargrove says "You can contact the health department. I think, back in the day whenever I used them, it was very inexpensive. Maybe five dollars a shot and I want to say there may be an option to wave that, if you qualify."

A student may temporarily enroll if they have an immunization record that shows they received at least one dose of the specified vaccines.

But to remain enrolled, the student must complete all of the doses.

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