WAMPSVILLE — As children prepare to head back to school this fall, officials in Madison County are reminding parents to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up to date and at the top of their summer checklist.
All children entering or attending school in New York — including distance learning — are required to be up-to-date on their immunizations before school starts.
Children entering kindergarten need boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and polio.
Children entering sixth grade need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis); seventh and 12th graders need MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate vaccine).
It is also recommended that preteens and teens get the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine, health officials said.
The Madison County Health Department will hold two immunization clinics in August by appointment only.
The clinics will be held on Tues., Aug. 11, and Tues., Aug. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 138 North St., Building 5, in Wampsville.
Appointments are limited and can be made by calling the Health Department at 315-366-2848. Face coverings are required to enter the building.
Madison County Department of Health officials say that now more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for everyone to stay current on their immunizations to protect themselves and the community from vaccine-preventable diseases.
It is recommended that any vaccinations that were missed while families stayed home during the COVID-19 pandemic be scheduled as soon as possible.
For information, visit https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/459/Immunization- Vaccination-