It’s less than a month before students head back to school and health officials are reminding parents to make sure they're ready. Students entering Kindergarten should have dental exams, eye exams, and certain vaccinations before the school bells ring. And everyone entering 6th and 9th grades is required to have a T-Dap vaccination, which is designed to protect against whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria.
Madison County Health Department spokesman Amy Yeager says there are vaccination clinics at their Wood River facility every day but Thursday.
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Be sure to check with your child's school and your family doctor for more details. She says they also offer physicals at the health department. To contact the Madison County Health Department, call 692-8954. Many area schools require students to be current on their shots before attending.
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