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Avoid rush, plan ahead for school immunizations

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As the new school year approaches, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) is reminding parents about immunization requirements before the school year begins.

Individuals falling into any of the following groups are required to receive immunizations: childcare facilities, preschool and pre-kindergarten; kindergarten; entering seventh grade; new students to Tennessee; and higher education.

The most common vaccinations required include:
• diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP);
• hepatitis B (HepB – 3 shot series);
• polio (OPV or IPV)
• measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).

In preparation for the fall semester, the SCHD will offer special hours at public health clinics to accommodate busy schedules and help alleviate long lines during the back-to-school rush.

Public health clinics (listed below) will be open four Saturdays: (July 13, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Galloway Clinic, 757 Galloway, (901) 222-9750;
• Hickory Hill Clinic, 6590 Kirby Center Cove, (901) 222-9910;
• Millington Clinic, 8225 Highway 51 N., (901) 222-9940;
• Shelby Crossing Clinic, 6170 Macon Road, 901) 222-9800;
• Southland Mall Clinic, 1215 Southland Mall, (901) 222-9828;
• Cawthon Clinic, 1000 Haynes, (901) 222-9866;
• Collierville Clinic,167 Washington, (901) 222-9900.

School immunizations are also available weekdays (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the SCHD main office located at 814 Jefferson Ave.

If a parent does not have a copy of their child's shot records, they are encouraged to contact the SCHD Immunization program (222-9329) or their primary care provider during normal business hours. Additionally, individuals should bring the child's documentation of insurance coverage, including those on TennCare.