Health District encourages parents to get children’s school shots early
Give Kids a Boost event, Saturday, Aug. 11
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 18, 2018
*NOTE: Information updated July 25, 2018.
LAS VEGAS –The Southern Nevada Health District urges parents and guardians to beat the back-to-school rush by bringing their pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and 7th graders for mandatory vaccinations to one of its public health centers. This year, the first day of school for students in Clark County is Monday, August 13. For information, contact the Health District’s immunization clinic, (702) 759-0850 or visit the Vaccines for School page. For wait times, follow us on Twitter @SNHDinfo or visit our website, www.SNHD.info.
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). Parents who recently moved to Nevada should note hepatitis A vaccination is required in the state. Immunizations that were up-to-date in other states that do not require hepatitis A vaccination might not be current in Nevada. For a list of immunization requirements for school, visit Immunize Nevada’s Nevada School Requirements page.
Children entering 7th grade must be immunized against Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) as well as Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis) in the form of a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY). The meningitis vaccine is also required for 8th through 12th grade students who are new to the Clark County School District. A booster dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate and the meningococcal B vaccines are recommended for teens who are 16 to 18 years old. College freshmen younger than 23 years old who are enrolled at a Nevada college or university and living in a dormitory are required to receive the meningococcal vaccine.
The Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis), meningococcal B, and quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccines are all available at the Southern Nevada Health District.
Parents vaccinating a child at a Health District clinic should bring immunization records. Parents who cannot locate their children’s immunization records should contact their health care provider. If their children were immunized in Nevada, parents can also visit Nevada WebIZ, a statewide immunization registry, at https://izrecord.nv.gov/public/Application/PublicPortal or call Nevada WebIZ at 1 (877) 689-3249. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child; however, written consent must be provided to the Health District from the parent or guardian at the time of service. An administrative fee and cost of vaccine may apply depending upon insurance status.
The Health District accepts most insurance plans. Not all immunizations are covered by insurance. Contact the Health District’s immunization clinic for information and current fee schedule.
Between Monday, July 30, and Friday, August 17, the Health District’s Family Health Clinic at the 280 S. Decatur Blvd. public health center will be open Monday through Friday to offer children’s physicals and office visits as part of its back-to-school activities. The cost of the physical is $85. *Clients who pay cash will receive a $60 discount (pay a $25 fee). For additional information about the Family Health Clinic, call (702) 759-0850.
On Saturday, August 11, a special back-to-school immunization clinic is scheduled at the Health District’s main public health center, located at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Only immunizations for children up to age 18 will be available. The Family Planning Clinic will offer oral and injectable birth control services as well as STD screenings on a walk-in basis. In addition, the Give Kids A Boost health fair offering family resources and information will be available for clients.
The Health District is offering back-to-school immunizations at its following locations. Clients must arrive by 4 p.m. to receive services.
- Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Travel vaccines will be available 8 a.m. -3 p.m.; clients should expect longer wait times.
- East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Clinic, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson
Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.,
Friday 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Closed daily 1 p.m.– 2 p.m.
By appointment only. Call (702) 759-0960.
- Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite
Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.– noon and 1 p.m.– 4 p.m.
Friday, August 10, 8 a.m.– noon and 1 p.m.– 4 p.m.
By appointment only July 30 to August 17. Call (702) 759-1682.
The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info.