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Back to School Checklist: Are Your Child's Immunizations Up-to-Date?

All Fairfax County health clinics will offer free immunizations just in time for school next week.

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All Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students must be up to date on their required immunizations in time for school next week. To ensure parents have enough time to have their child vaccinated, the Fairfax County Health Department has extended their summer hours at its five clinics.

School-required immunizations are free of charge from the Health Department.

Appointments are encouraged in order to ensure fast service, but all five clinics will accept walk-ins during the follow hours:

Monday: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All five of the Health Department clinics extended summer hours and will be open on Friday, Aug. 30 from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, Sept. 3: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Health Department has a district office in Annandale, located at 611 Little River Turnpike, suit 400E. For a full list of the clinics and their addresses, visit the Fairfax County Health Department's website.

Parents must provide documentation of immunization for all children entering kindergarten and sixth grade.

Here is the list of immunizations you'll need, according to the Virginia Department of Health:

  1. Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, or Tdap). A minimum of 4 doses. A child must have at least one dose of DTaP or DTP vaccine on or after the fourth birthday. DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus) vaccine is required for children who are medically exempt from the pertussis containing vaccine (DTaP or DTP). Adult Td is required for children 7 years of age and older who do not meet the minimum requirements for tetanus and diphtheria. Effective July 1, 2006, a booster dose of Tdap vaccine is required for all children entering the 6th grade, if at least five years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine.
  2. Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib) Vaccine - This vaccine is required ONLY for children up to 60 months of age. A primary series consists of either 2 or 3 doses (depending on the manufacturer). However, the child’s current age and not the number of prior doses received govern the number of doses required. Unvaccinated children between the ages of 15 and 60 months are only required to have one dose of vaccine.
  3. Hepatitis B Vaccine - A complete series of 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine is required for all children. However, the FDA has approved a 2-dose schedule ONLY for adolescents 11-15 years of age AND ONLY when the Merck Brand (RECOMBIVAX HB) Adult Formulation Hepatitis B Vaccine is used. If the 2-dose schedule is used for adolescents 11-15 years of age it must be clearly documented on the school form.
  4. Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) - Effective October 1, 2008, a complete series of 3 doses of HPV vaccine is required for females. The first dose shall be administered before the child enters the 6th grade. After reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent or guardian, at the parent’s or guardian’s sole discretion, may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine.  
  5. Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR) Vaccine - A minimum of 2 measles, 2 mumps, and 1 rubella. (Most children receive 2 doses of each because the vaccine usually administered is the combination vaccine MMR). First dose must be administered at age 12 months or older. Second dose of vaccine must be administered prior to entering kindergarten but can be administered at any time after the minimum interval between dose 1 and dose 2.
  6. Pneumococcal (PCV) Vaccine- This vaccine is required ONLY for children less than two years of age. Two to four doses, dependent on age at first dose, of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine are required.
  7. Polio Vaccine -A minimum of 4 doses of polio vaccine. One dose must be administered on or after the fourth birthday. See supplemental guidance document for additional information.
  8. Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine - All susceptible children born on and after January 1, 1997, shall be required to have one dose of chickenpox vaccine administered at age 12 months or older. Effective March 3, 2010, a second dose must be administered prior to entering kindergarten but can be administered at any time after the minimum interval between dose 1 and dose 2.    

For further information, call the Division of Immunization at (800) 568-1929 (in state only) or (804) 864-8055.

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