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Children Getting School Immunizations

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Summer will soon be coming to a close and the 2014 to 2015 school year will be starting. That means it's time for parents to get their kids into the doctor's office for their shots.

Leading up to this school year, there is a bigger emphasis from the North Dakota Department of Health to make sure students are meeting their vaccination requirements before attending school. As a state, North Dakota immunization rates are down for adolescents. North Dakota ranks fifth lowest in the country when it comes to MMR vaccinations. This push is not only to help protect the health of your child, but other school children as well. “They don't always cover their coughs, and especially the little ones aren't really good about washing their hands. It's very, very easy to spread germs when you've got a lot of people in a very confined area, very easy to spread these diseases. The requirements are chosen because of how easily they spread,” said Melissa Fettig, Immunization Coordinator for First District Health.

Parents can set up immunization appointments with First District Health by heading to their website www.FDHU.org, by calling 852-1376.

 

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