Immunizations required for southern Nevada students

LAS VEGAS - Students head back to school this week and next week. Before they can attend, however, they need their immunizations.

Children who may need vaccines are kindergartners and 7th graders. Kindergartners need boosters for tetanus and polio. They also need a shot for measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox.

Seventh graders need a Tdap booster, which targets tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis or whooping cough.

College students also require immunizations.

"In the State of Nevada, the children need MMR and a tetanus booster again. So typically, they already received that if they've gone to school in Nevada, so usually that's not a problem. And they may need a meningitis vaccine if they're going to be in campus housing," said Joann Rupiper, the community health nurse supervisor for the Southern Nevada Health District.

Health experts say viruses and bacteria that cause diseases can be passed on to people who are not protected by vaccines. Many diseases that were once common, such as polio, barely exist in some parts of the world because of vaccines.

Health information is available at the Southern Nevada Health District or most doctors' offices.

The Southern Nevada Health District, meanwhile, will provide immunizations at a special clinic Saturday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the district's office at 330 S. Valley View Boulevard.


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