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PUBLISHED: 4:20 PM on Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Back to school is time for immunizations
In less than a month, students across Alaska will be heading back to school. For their protection and the protection of others, students need immunizations to attend school, child care and Head Start programs. Childhood immunizations can be obtained at private health-care provider clinics and public health centers. In Alaska all vaccines recommended for children through age 18 are available at no cost through the state's immunization program. Private health-care providers who receive state-supplied vaccine may charge an immunization administration fee; however, children may not be denied an immunization due to inability to pay an administration fee. Immunizations administered at state public health centers are provided at no charge for children under the age of 19.


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  Back to school immunizations are available free of charge at the Juneau Public Health Center, located at 3412 Glacier Hwy, across from the Twin Lakes parking lot. Walk-in clinic is from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays.
Public health centers statewide have regularly scheduled immunization clinics. Many take appointments and also have special walk-in times scheduled. Some communities will also be offering immunizations at high school registration. A listing of the available times for clinics at public health centers in Juneau are posted online at http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/director/back2school.htm.

For a complete listing of all public health centers statewide, please go to http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/nursing/locations.htm.

Parent or guardians must bring the child's immunization records with them to all health care visits. For information regarding immunizations required for school attendance, call the Immunization Hotline at 1-888-430-4321, or 269-8088 in Anchorage, or go to:

http://www.epi.hss.state.ak.us/id/iz/factsheet/factsheet.pdf.


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