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Metro immunization clinic hours extended for kids going back to school

(MGN Online)

Metro Public Health Department is extending immunization hours for kids going back to school.

Kindergarten though 12th grade students must have proof of immunizations before they can start school.

MPHD is adding after hours for student immunizations at certain clinics. Students should have their shot records with them when visiting the Health Department.

Here's a list of after-hours shot clinics:

Woodbine Public Health Clinic, 224 Oriel Avenue

  • July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10
  • 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Lentz Public Health Clinic, 2500 Charlotte Ave.

  • August 1 and August 8
  • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Requirements for school vaccinations in Tennessee include:

  • Kindergarteners and other children enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time must provide schools with a complete Official Tennessee Immunization Certificate before classes begin. The certificate must be signed by a qualified healthcare provider or verified by the state’s Immunization Information System.
  • All current students entering seventh grade are required to give the school a limited Official Tennessee Immunization Certificate showing they have had a second dose of chickenpox vaccine (or a history of the illness) and a booster shot for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The HPV vaccine and first meningococcal meningitis vaccine are not required for school attendance, but are recommended by pediatricians and public health experts for all children at this age and can be given at the same visit.
  • Incoming college students in Tennessee public colleges who will live in on-campus housing must provide proof of immunization against meningococcal meningitis after age 16. Most private colleges also have requirements for this vaccine and some schools require it of all new students. Check with your college for details.

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