TAYLOR COUNTY—School will be back in session in Taylor County in less than two weeks. Many parents are preparing by buying supplies and clothes for their children, but now is also the time to make sure your child is up-to-date on their shots and wellness checks.
The State of West Virginia requires that all children entering school for the first time in grades k-12 must show proof of immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B, unless properly medically exempted.
All children entering an approved pre-kindergarten classroom must have age appropriate immunizations upon enrollment as mandated by state law.
The state of West Virginia requires that all children entering pre-kindergarten must be immunized against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, rubella (big measles and rubella (three-day measles).
In addition to immunizations the state law also requires health screenings for children ages three, four, five and six and for students entering grades second, seventh and twelfth grades.
During the health screening, a physician will check your child’s medical history, vision, hearing, mental and physical health.
Parents with children entering the second grade will need to provide their school with the health screening, as well as information from a dental examination from a dentist.
Students that will be entering seventh and twelfth grade must also show the health screening and proof of immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and meningococcal/meningitis disease unless properly medically exempted.
For more information, or to download the screening forms check out the newly redesigned Taylor County Board of Education website at www.taylorcountyboe.net.
If you still need to get your child’s health screening or immunizations, there is still time.
The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department is accepting new patients and carries most vaccines. All immunizations are offered for an administration fee of $19.85 or at no cost if qualified.
They are also a proud program provider for Vaccines for Children (VFC). The VFC program is federally funded and provides vaccinations to children under 18 who wouldn’t normally be able to afford their immunizations.
This program eliminates financial barriers and ensures all children who qualify are vaccinated. All children under 18 will be screened for eligibility.
If eligible, the vaccine will be given at no cost, and only a small administration fee will apply. If the administration fee is a financial burden, payment plans are available.
In addition, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department will be expanding their School-Based Health Centers in all five county schools this year.
At the center, students will be able to receive immediate and preventative care, as well as counseling and health education.
For more information about setting up an appointment for a health screening or immunization, or to learn more about the School Based Heath Centers call 304-265-1288.
In addition, Tygart Valley Total Care Clinic located at Grafton City Hospital is also accepting new patients and offering health screenings and immunizations.
In addition, they would like to remind the community that they are offering free sports, camp and band physicals until August 31.
For more information, or to set up an appointment call the clinic at 304-265-6414.