Health department holds student shot clinic

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CEDAR CITY – Back to school in Iron County means bringing vaccinations up to date. A special clinic for required school shots will be held Tuesday at the Southwest Utah Public Health Department in Cedar City from 8-11 a.m. Parents must bring their photo ID, their child’s immunization record and a copy of a current insurance card. No appointment is necessary.

Vaccinations are required for all students entering kindergarten and the seventh grade. Students enrolling in the district for the first time for any grade are required to provide up-to-date immunization records. Any school-age child needing vaccinations is welcome.

There is no charge for vaccines with proof of insurance from Altius, Arches, CHIP, DMBA, Medicaid, PEHP, SelectHealth, Tall Tree, or United Healthcare. Uninsured children can receive vaccines at a discounted rate of $20.50 per shot.

“We hope parents will take this opportunity to get their kids vaccinated before school starts,” SWUPHD nurse Kari Abeyta said. “Every year we see a last minute rush to get kids immunized, and sometimes kids miss school until they can show proof of being on schedule with their shots.”

School begins Aug. 20 in the Iron County School District.

Parents are welcome to bring their children into the health department for vaccinations at any time without an appointment during regular business hours.

Viewpoints vary on the wisdom of vaccinations and immunization; analysis of the topic is beyond the scope of this report.

Event details

  • What: School Shots-Only Clinic
  • When: Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 8 to 11 a.m.
  • Where: SWUPHD Cedar City office, 260 E. DL Sargent Drive, Cedar City
  • Cost: No charge with proof of insurance (listed above) | $20.50 per shot for uninsured children
  • Contacts: For more information visit www.swuhealth.org.

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