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Monday, August 11, 2014

Dakota County offering free vaccinations to students entering grades 7-12

A special "Back2School" vaccination clinic for Dakota County students entering grades 712 this fall will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 1:30–4 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley.

 

The clinic will offer three immunizations at no cost: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis/whooping cough (Tdap); meningococcal (a bacteria that causes meningitis or brain inflammation); and HPV (human papillomavirus, which can cause cancer).

 

The Back2School clinic is a walk-in clinic, with no appointment required. Children must be accompanied by an adult and each child must have a signed permission form from their parent or legal guardian. Parents should bring the child's immunization records, if available.

 

More information and forms are available at www.dakotacounty.us, search Back2School, or by calling the Public Health Immunization Information Line at 952-891-7999.

 

A change in Minnesota immunization law goes into effect this fall. Students entering grade 7 must show documentation of Tdap and meningococcal vaccinations, and students entering grades 812 must show documentation of these vaccinations if the school requests. HPV vaccination is highly recommended for students beginning at age 11.

 

The change in immunization requirements aligns Minnesota rules with national recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and numerous other medical and public health groups. The vaccine is being made available through a federal vaccine fund.

Dakota County Public Health also provides a range of immunizations for children and adults at walk-in clinics or by appointment. For more information, check the website or call 952-891-7528 to talk with Public Health staff.

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