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Making sure children receive all their vaccinations
July 31, 2017
The start of the 2017-18 school year is quickly approaching and Panhandle Health District (PHD) is reminding North Idaho parents to plan ahead for children’s immunizations. Each year, hundreds of local students visit Care Plus Clinics at PHD to get vaccinated and meet school-entry requirements.

In 2016, 14 percent of all kindergarten, first grade and seventh grade students in North Idaho were not adequately immunized due to vaccine exemptions.

“The number of exemptions is concerning,” said Lisa Hylsky, PHD’s Immunization Coordinator. “If an outbreak of chickenpox, measles, mumps or pertussis were to occur in a local school, under or un-vaccinated students could be asked to stay home from school for days, weeks or even months.”

PHD is working to improve access to vaccines by offering extended clinic hours and walk-in appointments.

Their Hayden location will host walk-in clinics from 5 to 7 p.m. each Thursday from August 24 to September 7.

Students under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those without insurance will be provided vaccines at no cost. Any and all fees not covered by insurance will be waived.

“Making sure that children receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do as a parent," PHD director Lora Whalen said. “Getting immunized protects your family as well as the health of classmates, friends and others in our community.”

Parents can contact their child’s physician or call Panhandle Health District to ensure their children have received the recommended vaccines and doses for their age. PHD provides vaccines and vaccine education for all ages, throughout the school year.

To make an appointment, call any of the five Care Plus Clinics at PHD locations in Hayden, Sandpoint, Kellogg, St. Maries or Bonners Ferry. It’s suggested that parents call now to beat the back-to-school rush.

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