Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2010

Health department offers chicken pox vaccine at reduced rate

March 18, 2010

The chicken pox vaccine is being offered to children at a reduced rate through the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.

The Kansas Immunization Program has received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to provide the vaccine to children, ages 10 through 18, in need of a first or second dose of the immunization.

Kansas schools require proof from a doctor of a previous history of the disease and, depending on the child’s grade level, one to two doses of the vaccine.

Starting with the 2010-2011 school year, two doses of the vaccination will be required for kindergartners and first-graders. Currently, one dose is required for all other grades.

While there is no fee for the vaccine, which costs $85, there is a $14 administration fee. However, no one will be denied service from an inability to pay.

To get the vaccine, no appointment is necessary.

For more information or clinic hours, visit the health department’s Web site.

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