(HARLAN) Summer break is winding down and school registrations are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about physicals and immunizations.
Shelby County Public Health Director Jennifer Muff said children who are involved in sports need to get a physical and at that time they also need to look at, and address, any immunizations they need.
“There is a new requirement this year that all 7th graders need to get a booster for their Tdap if they were born after September 15, 2000,” said Muff. “The students entering 8th through 12th grades, there really isn’t a need for that but it’s always a good thing to have because that does protect us against that pertussis disease that is going around and continues to go around.”
Muff said children who are not involved in sports should still get a yearly physical just to make sure everything is okay and to look at other immunization needs.
“There are not always required vaccines that need to be given, but some of the recommended ones are Meningococcal and Gardasil; which is for HPV,” explained Muff.
Immunizations are available at the Shelby County Public Health office for those who qualify for free vaccines; otherwise you get them from your health care provider.