Immunizations for students due Oct. 1

MINOT, N.D. - All the kids are back in school, which means the deadline to get their vaccines up-to-date is fast approaching.

Oct.1 is going to be here before you know it.

If you're a parent with a child in school, they need to have their immunizations up to date before then.

"Typically if children are up to date they need shots when they go into kindergarten, into middle school, seventh grade. And then new this year is when they become a junior in high school they need to make sure that they have their meningococcal vaccine,” said Lacey McNichols, registered nurse and immunization coordinator at First District Health.

If you think your child is behind on shots, McNichols says there are a few places you can go.

"Call your doctor to see if they have any available appointments. The local public health unit, here in Minot at First District health Unit, we are pretty quick at getting kids in and getting their shots. At the high school we are actually doing a clinic next week. The walk in clinics have vaccines,” said Lacey McNichols.

There are some steps parents can take if they are unsure about their child's immunization records.

"The most important thing is having your immunization records. And then going into your clinic or local public health unit and have somebody that knows what they are looking at, look it over to make sure your child has all the required immunizations,” said Lacey McNichols.

Helping to get all of the students vaccinated by Oct. 1.

If you have any questions about your child or the needed vaccines you can give First District Health Unit a call at 701-852-1376 or go on their website at https://www.fdhu.org/.