Time to think about shots

Schedule immunizations, sports physicals in July

Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) urges parents to start thinking about back-to-school vaccinations now, before school begins in August. Parents can conveniently walk in for immunizations at three different locations in July.

On three Wednesdays in July – July 11, 18 and 25 – and the first Wednesday in August, Aug. 1, parents can bring their children to the Prescott Valley Clinic, 3212 Windsong Drive, second floor, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for immunizations.

Sports physicals, offered during the July 18 and July 25 dates, cost $24. The county offers a sliding fee scale depending on income. The school or coach may provide parents with a physical form to fill out and bring with them. If the child wears glasses or contacts, they should wear them for the physical.

In Arizona, as in most states, children starting kindergarten are required to have been immunized for Hepatitis B, DTaP (whooping cough), IPV (polio), MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), and Varicella (chicken pox).

Children, ages 11 and older, who are entering sixth and seventh grades, will be required to have Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and Meningococcal vaccines for the start of the school year.

For uninsured children, YCCHS charges an administration fee of $20 per child, although the fee may waived under certain circumstances.

Parental consent is required to administer the shots to children under the age of 18, and parents should bring immunization records and physical forms to the clinic.

To schedule an appointment for a different date or time, call 928-771-3122. Prescott dates and location are Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at 1090 Commerce Drive. Cottonwood facility at 10 S. Sixth Street offers immunizations on Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2, same times.