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As children enjoy their summer break, the Galion City Health Department encourages parents to check their children’s immunization records now to make sure their children are up-to-date before the new school year begins.

It may seem early, but we suggest parents avoid the long lines at health departments and physician offices in late summer for back-to-school immunizations. “Ohio law mandates that children must be up-to-date on their immunizations to begin the new school year, the following vaccines are mandated:

Kindergarten – Dtap (contains Pertussis vaccine) tetanus booster - 5 doses (unless the 4th dose was given after age 4)

Polio- 4 doses - with the final dose given after age 4

Hepatitis B – 3 doses

MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) – 2 doses

Varicella (chicken pox) -2 doses

7th - 11th Grade - Tdap (contains Pertussis vaccine) tetanus booster

Meningitis – 1 dose recommended with a booster at college age

College entry required vaccines will vary with each college or university, many schools are requiring new students to have had a tetanus booster in the last several years, 2 MMRs, proof of chicken pox or vaccination, and meningitis vaccine. Many fields of study will also require 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine. The Galion City Health Department highly recommends parents and students review the college’s admission packet as soon as it arrives and get the needed vaccines way before leaving home. Many colleges and universities offer vaccines at the on campus medical centers, but the vaccines maybe quite costly.

The Galion City Health Department carries all childhood vaccines for children up through age 18, and meningitis and Hepatitis B vaccines for college students and employment. The vaccines are very affordable, the Health Department is able to bill many major private purchased health insurance companies for the cost and administration of the vaccines. Families with Ohio Medicaid Coverage, families without insurance or insurance that does not pay for vaccines are also welcome to visit the Galion City Health Department to receive the needed vaccines. The Galion City Health Department and The Ohio Department of Health will not deny any child the needed vaccines for inability to pay the administration costs. Adults, age 19 years and older, needing booster vaccines for work or school need to contact the Galion City Health Department for availability and cost.

The Galion City Health Department is located at 113 Harding Way East, with clinic hours are as follows:

2nd and 4th Mondays, 9am -11am and 1pm to 3pm

3rd Mondays, 3pm to 6pm

Please feel free to contact the Galion City Health Department at 419-468-1075 with questions, or visit our Website at www.galionhealth.org or Facebook page.

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