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Get Healthy Carson City: Time flies: Get in before the rush comes

Get Healthy Carson City: Time flies: Get in before the rush comes
Get Healthy Carson City: Time flies: Get in before the rush comes

The table shows the number of vaccinations required for schools in Nevada. Look at your child's immunization record. Find the initials of the vaccination and count how many of that type of vaccination your child has. Then compare that number to the number in the column for your child's age. If the numbers match, your child is up to date. If the numbers don't match, your child needs to be vaccinated.

The table shows the number of vaccinations required for schools in Nevada. Look at your child’s immunization record. Find the initials of the vaccination and count how many of that type of vaccination your child has. Then compare that number to the number in the column for your child’s age. If the numbers match, your child is up to date. If the numbers don’t match, your child needs to be vaccinated.

Even though we’re currently experiencing the lazy days of summer, school starts back up in just over four weeks. Before the school year begins, it’s very important to make sure your child has all of their vaccinations. Nevada requires certain vaccinations for children attending daycare centers, public or private schools, and Nevada universities.

For several years, high school seniors have been required to receive the meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) before the start of the school year. The MenACWY vaccine is an immunization against meningitis, a disease that causes infection and swelling of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. This infection can cause severe disabilities in those affected. For most students, this means a booster shot, as they probably received a first dose of MenACWY at age 11 to 12. MenACWY is not a live vaccine and cannot cause infection.

Vaccinations keep us healthy and protect us from life-threatening diseases that can make children of all ages very, very sick. No child should suffer from a preventable disease, and your family’s health is important. The Nevada Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is available to children who may not have insurance to cover the cost of vaccinations. The cost of vaccinations in this program is free, with only an administrative fee. Under the VFC program, eligible children 18 and younger cannot be turned away for inability to pay. If you meet any of the following requirements, your child is eligible for the VFC program:

• Medicaid-eligible – A child who is eligible for or enrolled in the Medicaid program.

• Uninsured – A child who does not have health insurance.

• American Indian or Alaska Native – As defined in the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 USC 1603)

• Underinsured – A child has health insurance, but the insurance does not cover vaccinations or does not cover all vaccinations.

Carson City Health and Human Services is open for all your vaccination needs. The clinic is open every Monday by appointment and every Thursday for walk-in vaccinations. Vaccination hours will also be extended the week before school starts by offering appointments and walk-in availability. Times will be announced soon on social media, our website, and in the newspaper. You can also call 775-887-2195 to learn how to avoid the back-to-school rush. For those with health insurance, the health department accepts most private and government insurance, including Medicaid.

To find out if your child needs to be vaccinated, use the tool below or register for Nevada’s immunization portal, WebIZ, at izrecord.nv.gov. You can view your child’s records from the comfort of your home! Or you can call the WebIZ Helpdesk at 775-684-5954 or email; [email protected] or Immunize Nevada at 775-624-7117; [email protected].

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