Nevada County to offer back-to-school vaccinations for children |

Nevada County to offer back-to-school vaccinations for children

Patients wait in line at the county's flu shot exercise at the Grass Valley Safeway parking lot in January.
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The Nevada County Public Health Department’s Immunization Program will offer a special vaccination clinic at the lower level of Grass Valley’s Veteran’s Memorial Hall from 1-4 p.m. on July 31, for all childhood immunizations in an effort to prevent the spread of disease in students heading back to school this fall.

“The diseases that these vaccinations prevent could cause an infectious disease outbreak, they’re easily transmittable, a lot of them have side effects, a lot of them can cause pneumonia,” county public health coordinator Patti Carter said. “So it’s all about keeping the public safe and healthy.”

Immunizations will be for anyone who is eligible for the Vaccines for Children Program, also known as VCF, a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of a lack of financial support.

The program’s vaccines are bought by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a discount, and they distribute them to state health departments and local public health agencies, who also distribute them at no charge to private physicians and public health clinics registered as VCF providers.

To qualify for the VCF program patients must be eligible for MediCal insurance, be uninsured, be Native American or of Alaskan Native descent, or have a current insurance plan that does not cover vaccines.

Patients seeking a vaccine from the clinic must also bring their immunization records.

At the Veteran’s Memorial Hall clinic, seventh- graders will also be offered the Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, also known as the Tdap shot, and Measles, Mumps, Rubella, the MMR shot, both for $10 each, regardless of insurance or eligibility.

“This clinic is an extra clinic that we’re adding this year,” Carter said. “There’s not normally a clinic on that Thursday, so we’re just trying to add another to offer people more opportunities to get these vaccinations. So anybody who comes, if we can’t give them a shot right then and there, we will figure out a way and tell them where they can go to get one. We’re going to do our best.”

For more information go to immunizations, or call Carol Smith at 530-265-1413.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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