Add immunizations to your School Readiness Checklist
The school year is almost here, but will your child be ready? Besides shopping for school supplies, your back-to-school checklist should include making sure your child’s health record is up to date. The Yuma County “Back to School Immunization Clinic will be held 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday, July 24 – Friday, August 4, in the Health Department Auditorium, 2200 W. 28th Street.
According to experts at the CDC, immunizations are a valuable public health resource, are cost-effective and help fight preventable disease throughout the community. Every child entering a Yuma County school is required to have proof of all required immunizations, or a valid exemption, in order to attend school. Although the health department offers immunizations throughout the year, during the two week back to school immunization clinic the Yuma County Health District concentrates resources and pools clinical staff from other areas specifically to meet the increase volume of children preparing to go back to school. They carry and administer all school required immunizations and staff can immediately update the immunization record.
What should parents bring?
- Current immunization record
- Guardianship paperwork (if not the parent) *
* Yuma County does not accept notes from parents authorizing a third party (such aunt, grandparent, or older sibling) to bring a child for immunizations. If the child is accompanied by an adult other than the parent/legal guardian they will be given paperwork for the parent/legal guarding to read, complete, and sign prior to the child being immunization. The consent must be returned along with a copy of a valid phone I.D. Containing signature for comparison.
“Vaccines are a convenient, safe, and effective way to promote health and wellness,” says Diana Gomez, Director, Yuma County Public Health Services District. “Vaccines protect children by helping the immune system create antibodies against certain bacteria or viruses.
"These antibodies help protect them if they are exposed to the virus in the future. When a large percentage of the population is immunized against a contagious disease it promotes “herd immunity” by limiting the ability of the disease to spread. Herd immunity is critical is helping protect members of our community who are particularly vulnerable to disease such as infants who are too young to be vaccinated or individuals with weakened immune systems due to illness or chronic medical conditions."
Please note: $10.00 visit fee, vaccines are included (cash only)
If the child is covered by AHCCCS/KidsCare an ID card or letter will need to be produced. No child will be turned away for inability to pay.
Last year the Yuma County Public Health Services District administered 17,130 vaccines. Approximately 2,500 were administered during the two week Back to School Clinic.