Gearing up for a new school year requires classroom staples like paper, crayons, and No. 2 pencils, as well as backpacks, clothes and shoes to fit feet that have grown over the quick summer months. The back-to-school list also includes verifying immunization records for students. All kindergarten, 7th grade and new students to Natrona County School District must obtain proof of immunizations in accordance with state law.
Parents and guardians must provide immunization records to Natrona County schools by Oct. 2 for the 2014-15 school year. Students entering the district during the school year have 30 days after enrolling to provide proof of immunizations. Parents and guardians should check with primary care providers before the start of the school year to ensure children are immunized properly before beginning school.
Immunizations include, but are not limited to: chicken pox, tetanus, measles, Hepatitis B and pertussis. Children spend hours each day together in the close confines of classrooms, which can lead to the spread of diseases. Immunizations assist in keeping your children—and all children in the classroom—healthy throughout the school year.
Getting up to date on your immunizations is easy. Walk-in clinics for students, under the age of 18, will be held at Casper-Natrona County Health Department located at 475 South Spruce St. on Sept. 9, 18, 23, 25 and 30 from 3-6 p.m. Clinics will also be held Oct. 1 and 2 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with a $17 charge per immunization.
If you can’t make one of these walk-in clinics, appointments for immunizations can also be made at Rocky Mountain Infectious Diseases by calling (307) 234-8700.