Health District Opens Back-to-School Shot Clinic

LAS VEGAS -- The Southern Nevada Health District is offering back-to-school vaccinations in its new location. 

The back-to-school immunization clinic kicked off Wednesday. The first day proved to be slow with only a handful of people showing up to get shots.

The new location of the health district is near the Meadows Mall, on Valley View Boulevard, in the old Century Link building. Health officials urge parents to get the immunizations for their children sooner, rather than later.

"If you came today, it would take you a half-hour at the most. If you wait until right before school, it could take two to three hours," said Joann Rupiper, Southern Nevada Health District.

Five-year-old Kaida Larue is starting kindergarten in three weeks.

"I love to draw and paint, and read books," she said, as she prepared to get the immunizations that will allow her to start school in August.

Southern Nevada Health District's Back-to-School Immunization Clinic

"We went to register her for school, and she was missing a shot, so we had to figure out how to get the shots," said Jessica Larue, Kaida's mother. She was pleasantly surprised to find there were no long lines.

"I have a bag full of snacks because I thought we were going to be here all day. It took like five minutes to fill out the paperwork and we went from one office to the next and we are all done now," she said.

There is a small fee for the shots. One shot costs $16, and two cost $25. Health district officials say they won't turn anyone away, even if they can't afford to pay.

"If people are insured and know their vaccines are covered, they really should go to their doctor because then they can get their other health care established," Rupiper said.

It is recommended that people check their shot records to see if they are up to date. That information is usually kept by a family doctor or the health district.

 


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