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Officials urge children to get vaccinations during spring break

By Staff | Apr 5, 2010

Spring break is the ideal time for children to get up to date on vaccinations at the Lee County Health Department.
Lee County students are on break this week and Jennifer James-Mesloh, spokesperson for the county Health Department, said they can receive free immunizations this week. New requirements from last August call for students entering kindergarten, first or second grade to receive two doses of the varicella or chicken pox vaccine and those going into seventh grade a tetanus booster of Tdap.
Although James-Mesloh said the department always offers free immunizations, they are hoping parents take advantage of the time off to get caught up.
“The problem we always have is the school rush,” she said.
Each year the Health Department is inundated with 400 to 700 children each day before the start of school, and it’s such a brutal rush the department is hoping to get some of those vaccinations done this week, she said.
“For parents who know their children are reaching those age requirements, go ahead and do it now so you don’t have to worry about it later,” she said.
The Lee County School District requires all children to be current on vaccinations before they are able to attend.
Vaccinations will be offered at the Health Department’s Fort Myers office at 3920 Michigan Ave. The office is open for shots Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday from 1-3 p.m.
For more information, contact the Office of Immunizations at 332-9601.