GASTONIA — Gaston County students are getting settled in their new classrooms, and the Gaston County Health Department wants to make sure their health is protected as they start the new school year.
Gaston County students are getting settled in their new classrooms, and the Gaston County Health Department wants to make sure their health is protected as they start the new school year.
Children are required by state law to have certain vaccinations to attend kindergarten, sixth grade or college in public or private schools. The clinic is designed to help parents meet the deadline for their children to receive those vaccinations. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at the Gaston County Health Department, 991 W. Hudson Blvd. No appointments are necessary.
Shots will be available to prevent polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, Hepatitis A & B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, and human papillomavirus (HPV). No flu shots will be available at the clinic. Most of the shots will be available at no charge to patients, but private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare may be billed. No money will be collected at the clinic for past services or for services given that day. If you have questions about vaccines or cost, call the Health Department’s Immunization Clinic at 704-853-5258.
Your child needs different shots at different ages. Be sure to bring your child’s immunization record, your child’s insurance card and send a note if the child will not be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. For specific information on your child’s needs, talk to your doctor or health care provider.
If you cannot attend the clinic, school shots are available in the Health Department’s Immunization Clinic. Call 704-853-5258 to make an appointment or walk in on Mondays from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. or Tuesdays-Fridays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.