Back-to-school immunization clinic dates set

WILLIAMSBURG – The Virginia Department of Health's Peninsula Health District has announced a back-to-school immunization clinic to help parents get their school-age children up-to-date on required vaccinations.

The immunization clinic dates include:

• Friday, Aug. 29, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

• Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

No appointments are necessary. The Peninsula Health District's Williamsburg office is located at 4095 Ironbound Road.

According to a Virginia Department of Health release issued Tuesday: "To ensure that the child is appropriately immunized, parents are asked to bring their child's immunization record. Required immunizations for school are free, but insurance will be billed for allowable charges."

Nzinga Teulle-Hekima, district health director for the Peninsula Health District, said the agency steps up its outreach efforts on immunizations in July and August – and then sees a peak in activity around this time of year.

"We try to do what we can to assist so that every student, on the day school opens, is able to return to school. ... Even if there is a school impact, we want to minimize that," Teulle-Hekima said in an interview Tuesday. "

The WJC Schools website lists diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (known as DTaP, DTP or Tdap), measles, mumps and rubella (known as MMR), polio, chicken pox and hepatitis B among the required vaccinations. For more information on vaccinations and student health, visit http://wjccschools.org/web/departments/student-services/health-services/ or call the Peninsula Health District's Williamsburg office at 757-603-4252.