The Health District is
Giving Kids a Boost
Back to school crunch time is officially here, and the Southern Nevada Health District is encouraging parents and guardians to bring their preschoolers, kindergartners, and 7th graders for mandatory vaccinations to one of its public health clinics. The Health District is collaborating with Immunize Nevada and other community partners to host Give Kids a Boost, a special Back-to-School Shots and Health Fair. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at its main location at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. to ensure all children have the opportunity to get their immunizations before the first day of school.
“We have a number of conveniently located clinics and mobile clinics throughout the valley to make it easy for parents and caregivers to ensure their children are appropriately immunized and ready for the new school year,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District.
The Health District encourages parents to arrive at its clinics early to take advantage of the shorter wait times. As the first day of school approaches, the wait times for immunizations will get longer. The Give Kids a Boost Health Fair will offer parents a convenient weekend option to immunize their children. Only immunizations for children up to age 18 will be available. The Health District’s Family Planning Clinic will offer oral and injectable birth control services as well as STD screenings for walk-in clients at the event. Community partners will offer resources and information including blood pressure screenings, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and Medicaid program enrollment assistance, and safe sleep information.
Parents enrolling their children in a Nevada school for the first time should be aware that immunization requirements vary by state. Immunizations that were up-to-date in one state may not be up-to-date in Nevada. The Clark County School District requires the following vaccinations for students enrolling in school: chickenpox (varicella), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (DTaP and Tdap), meningitis, and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR). For a list of immunization requirements for school, visit Immunize Nevada's Nevada School Requirements page.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among children born between 1994 and 2016, vaccination will prevent an estimated 381 million illnesses, 24.5 million hospitalizations, and 855,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes,” said Iser.