Jul 11 2017

Parents Encouraged to Schedule Back-to-School Vaccinations Early


With the new school year quickly approaching, the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health is encouraging parents to get ahead of the back-to-school rush by scheduling their children’s required vaccinations early.

“Competing priorities and busy schedules often cause parents of school-aged children to delay scheduling vaccination visits,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. “To keep children, classmates, and others in the community healthy, it is important that parents immunize their children on time.”

The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health encourages parents to remember that while vaccine-preventable diseases are rare, outbreaks still occur. In 2016, the CDC reported that from January 1st to June 13th alone, 6,000 cases of whooping cough had been reported by 50 States and Puerto Rico. Diseases such as this and measles have reemerged within the past few years, and while they are treatable, they can still be very dangerous and even life-threatening.

Since vaccinations work most effectively through group immunity, it is critical that all children receive the proper vaccinations on time to ensure maximum protection against disease for everyone. Getting to the doctor before the back-to-school rush ensures that your child can receive their vaccinations without delay or putting themselves and others at risk.

The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health offers vaccination services at three different locations:

John C. Murphy Health Center:

6121 N Hanley Rd, Berkeley, MO 63134
Monday-Friday: 8:30 – 10:30 AM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM
(314) 615-0500

North Central Community Health Center:

4000 Jennings Station Rd, Pine Lawn, MO 63121
Monday-Friday: 8:30 – 10:30 AM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM
(314) 679-7800

South County Health Center:

4580 South Lindbergh Blvd, Sunset Hills, MO 63127
Monday-Friday: 8:30 – 10:30 AM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM
(314) 615-0400

For a list of required immunizations for the 2017-2018 school year, visit:

 http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations/schoolrequirements.php 

For recommended vaccination schedules and how they protect your children, visit:







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