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CC Public Health Center offering extended hours for immunizations

All children in North Carolina are required to be vaccinated against certain diseases before entering kindergarten and seventh grade. Students must have received their required immunizations within 30 calendar days of school admission, which for this school year, is September 25, 2018.
In an effort to help working parents and guardians get these required immunizations for their children, The Cleveland County Public Health Center will be extending its Immunization Clinic hours on the following dates and times:
• September 17 - September 20, 2018 from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
• September 24 - September 25, 2018 from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
In addition to these extended hours, the immunization clinic will continue to operate during its normal hours of Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Walk-ins are welcome in the immunization clinic - no appointment is necessary.
Dorothea Wyant, Health Director of the Cleveland County Public Health Center, shares, "We realize that it can be difficult for parents to take time off of work to take their children to the doctor to receive their vaccinations. That is why we are offering immunizations on select dates until 7:00 pm. Hopefully, this will make it easier for parents while ensuring we are doing our part to protect children from vaccine preventable diseases."
Seventh graders must receive the Tdap and Meningitis vaccines and kindergarteners must receive a number of vaccines. The diseases vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines reduce your child's risk of infection by working with their body's natural defenses to help them safely develop immunity to disease. As children get older, they require additional doses of some vaccines for best protection. Older kids also need protection against additional diseases they may encounter. As a parent, you may get upset or concerned when you watch your child get shots during a doctor's visit. But, all of those shots add up to protection for your child against dangerous infectious diseases. Help support your child's wellness and education - get the school required vaccinations.
For more information about the required school immunizations, you may visit https://www.immunize.nc.gov/schools/ or call the Cleveland County Public Health Center at 980-484-5100.
Submitted by Deshay Oliver

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