<p>Michele Spring Reporting:

(Tuesday, August 07, 2018) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – August is National Immunization Awareness Month and with that area, agencies are highlighting the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.

Communities across the country use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.

Tuscarawas County Health Department Nurse Chelsea Martin says there are many different shots given at different ages.

“Kids going into kindergarten will need to make sure they are all up to date on their vaccinations and then kids going into 7th grade need a booster for the T-Dap and they also need the meningococcal vaccine to protect against meningitis.”

Martin said children entering 12th grade will need the second dose of the meningococcal before school starts. She adds that the HPV vaccine is also a recommendation for children entering 7th grade, although it is not a requirement.

The Tuscarawas County Health Department will be offering a Back to School Vaccine Clinic for students entering 7th and 12th grade on Thursda,y August 30th and Thursda,y September 6th   from 2:00pm until 5:45pm.

If residents cannot make it to a clinic, call the Health Department at (330)343-5555 to make an appointment.

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