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Vaccines offered at some schools

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

WINFIELD -- School is back in session in Putnam County. Students in some schools who still have not received their required vaccines can get them during school hours, with a parent's permission.

Students who attend Winfield Middle School, Winfield High School or Putnam Career and Technical Center will have an opportunity to get their required immunization during school hours if they have parental permission to use the school-based health center operated by FamilyCare.

All West Virginia students entering seventh grade are required to have had one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) and one dose of the meningococcal vaccines before the start of the school year. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Pertussis is very contagious and can last for 10 weeks or more. The meningococcal vaccine prevents meningococcal meningitis, an inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord that is caused by a serious bacterial infection.

Parents must ensure that they have given the necessary information and consent for their child to utilize the health center. The center will then make an appointment to excuse the child from class to receive the vaccinations.

"These health centers are on site and operate just as any other health center at another location," according to a news release from FamilyCare. "Utilizing their services will save parents time away from work, and students time away from school. All students have access to services, regardless of their families' ability to pay."

For more information, call FamilyCare at 304-757-6999.