The Charles County Department of Health is holding immunization clinics for children who need vaccines required to attend school. Maryland law requires students to have minimum immunization levels to attend school. Required vaccines depend on the age and grade level of the child and include DPT, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, Hib, Prevnar, Tdap and meningococcal.
For the 2018-19 school year, all students in kindergarten, first-, second-, third- and fourth-grades are required to have two doses of the varicella, or chickenpox, vaccine. Students in sixth and seventh grades, as well as high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors, must have a Tdap and meningococcal vaccine. A list of required vaccines for all students is posted at http://www.ccboe.com/ss/immunizations/.
The Health Department is holding clinics for children who need vaccines to attend school and are not covered under a health insurance plan. They are:
- Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1 to 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, Aug. 21, 1 to 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, Aug. 28, 1 to 4 p.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m. to noon
- Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1 to 7 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to noon
- Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1 to 7 p.m.
The clinics are by appointment only. Call 301-609-6783 to set up an appointment and inquire about any associated costs of the clinic. Additional eligibility criteria is posted on the Health Department website at http://www.charlescountyhealth.org/health-services/child-health-child-immunizations/. Children can also receive required vaccines from their physician.
Students can be admitted to school without completed immunizations, but parents have to show proof of an appointment occurring within 20 calendar days of the first day of school. Questions about vaccines can be directed to the school nurse or your child’s family physician.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.