Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health says don’t wait on back-to-school vaccinations

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BISMARCK, N.D. - With the school year almost done, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health is telling people to plan for next school year by getting their kids vaccinated early.

Public health says the new immunization requirements for Tdap and meningitis have a longer window for kids to get.

Students entering seventh through 12th grade need one dose of Tdap, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Students entering 11th and 12th grade need a meningitis vaccination.

“These are shots that’ll last for a long time. So they can be done now and then they’re done in a timely manner. Just get them done,” said Naomi Friesz, a registered nurse with Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health.

The public health has clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer and Friesz says they may and more days closer to next school year. For more information, you can call public health at 701-355-1540.