vaccinations

With cases of measles on the rise in California—38 so far in 2019—vaccination rates and vaccinations in general are in the spotlight. The good news is that no cases of measles have been reported in Monterey County—yet.

In the meantime, this summer means vaccinations of all types and vaccination updates are needed for thousands of children about to enter kindergarten and 7th grade.

One organization is stepping in to help families of entering 7th graders get one required vaccination—Tdap, for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough—at no charge.

The Central Coast Visiting Nurses Association has already conducted four Tdap vaccination clinics thanks to nearly $17,600 raised through Monterey County Gives! in 2018. Two more are taking place on Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2.

On Wednesday the VNA clinic takes place from 8am to 11am at Walter Colton Middle School, 100 Toda Vista, Monterey.

Then the VNA travels on Thursday to Los Arboles Middle School, 294 Hillcrest Ave., Marina, also from 8am to 11am.

For more information about all required school vaccinations, shotsforschool.org, created by the California Department of Health, has all legal requirements, plus information on what exemptions are allowed.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a vaccination finder on its website, vaccines.gov, for where to get vaccines.

And for those interested in finding out vaccination rates at their local schools, the CDH website includes an interactive map easily searchable with a zip code.

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Pam Marino joined the Monterey County Weekly in November 2016. She covers the communities of Carmel, Pacific Grove, Del Rey Oaks, Pebble Beach and North County. She also covers tourism, health, housing and homelessness, business and agriculture.

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