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Clinics provide back-to-school immunizations
by LOUISE R. SHAW
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DAVIS COUNTY — Students can get caught up on their immunizations at two evening clinics scheduled next week.

The Davis County Health Department will help parents get their children up-to-date on school-required vaccinations such as DTaP, chickenpox, MMR and polio boosters. For teens, the Tdap, HPV and MCV vaccines are needed, according to a release from the department.

The first clinic is set for Tuesday, Aug. 12 at the Clearfield Clinic, 22 S. State Street in Clearfield. The second will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Bountiful/Woods Cross Clinic, 596 W. 750 South in Woods Cross. Both clinics run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and no appointments are needed.

“School immunizations requirements decrease the risk of vaccine-preventable illness among students,” said Vener DeFriez, DCHD’s Immunization Bureau manager, as quoted in the release. “Unfortunately, classrooms sometimes become a reservoir of diseases due to the large number of students interacting with each other. Vaccinations keep these diseases from getting out of hand and harming our children.”

Having sick children can also have a negative economic impact on a family, according to the release, if it requires parents to stay home from work or if it results in doctor visits or hospitalizations.

“The easiest way for children, teens and adults to avoid vaccine-preventable diseases is to stay current on immunizations,” said Lewis Garrett, director of the county’s health department, in the release. “Hosting these two early evening clinics provides convenient hours and locations for busy families.”

There is a $5 administration fee for each vaccine, according to DeFriez, but there is no out-of-pocket cost for the immunizations to those with major health-care plans such as Altius, Blue Cross, UHC, IHC-Select Care, DMBA, TriCare, Ed Mutual, Medicaid or PEHP.

Children up to age 18 without health insurance are eligible for free vaccines under the Vaccines for Children program, he said.

More information is available by calling 801-525-5020.

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