STAUNTON - As final preparations are made for children to enter or return to school, parents and caregivers are reminded to review the required shot schedule and make sure children get the shots they need, so they can start school on time. “State law requires all children be vaccinated before entering any child care setting, Kindergarten and 6th grade, or when transferring to a new school,” said Kerry Gateley, M.D., MPH, CPE, health director. “School settings are known for the easy transmission of many types of diseases and having children adequately vaccinated is the best prevention against this, along with handwashing.”
It is important that everyone in the family is up to date on the immunizations they need, even for older children and adults. Vaccines are determined by factors such as previous immunizations, age, medical history, lifestyle, high-risk conditions and the types and locations of travel. For example, pertussis cases continue to circulate in our communities and all adults who have contact with children, especially infants, are urged to update their immunizations.
To determine which vaccines you may need or to make an appointment, please call your health care provider or local health department:
• Rockingham/Harrisonburg Health Department, 540-574-5100;
• Augusta/Staunton Health Department, 540-332-7830;
• Augusta/Waynesboro Health Department, 540-949-0137;
• Rockbridge/Lexington Health Department, 540-463-3185;
• Buena Vista City Health Department, 540-261-2149;
• Bath County Health Department, 540-839-7246; or
• Highland County Health Department, 540-468-2270.