School is back in session and the Mecklenburg County Health Department and the Junior League of Charlotte are working together to make sure children have their required immunizations for this academic year.
The State of North Carolina requires students to have up-to-date shot records in order to be enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Rising kindergarteners and rising 6th graders are the main groups targeted for these immunizations, but all children who need to get their required immunizations are encouraged to attend. Parents need to bring one form of identification and their child’s up-to-date immunizations records to ensure clinic nurses know exactly which immunizations are needed. Children could be excluded from school if they do not have the required immunizations by September 24, 2010.
There are three Health Department Big Shot Saturday opportunities over the coming weeks. Hours for each clinic are 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
• Saturday, September 11, at the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Southeast Campus, 249 Billingsley Road, Charlotte
• Saturday, September 18, at the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Northwest Campus, 2845 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte
• Saturday, September 25, at Merry Oaks Elementary School, 3508 Draper Avenue, Charlotte
These Saturday clinics are scheduled so that parents won’t have to miss work, make an appointment or wait in a crowded waiting room. In addition, required shots are free for school-aged children. Only the first 100 students will be served at each clinic.
For more information about the services provided by the Mecklenburg County Health Department or to see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s childhood immunization schedule, please visit www.meckhealth.org.