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Posted on: July 28, 2017

Children can get their school vaccinations early through Joplin Health Department

The first day of school in Joplin is August 17.  Now is the perfect time to get vaccinated!

The Joplin City Health Department has vaccinations required for school and can help make sure children are prepared.  If a child lives within the Joplin city limits, or is enrolled in a Joplin public or private school, the Health Department is happy to assist the family with these needs. Parents or guardians should bring in the immunization record and the staff will review it to check if the child is behind on any vaccinations.

The Health Department provides immunizations for the uninsured or underinsured, and those with Medicaid.  They also accept many area insurances.  Citizens are welcome to call ahead to verify coverage. 

Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) is required for entry into the 8th grade. Another requirement is two doses of Meningococcal (MCV) before grade 12.   Children may be denied entry into school without these mandatory immunizations. 

Parents can avoid the back to school rush and call now to schedule an appointment during the regularly scheduled immunization clinics BEFORE school starts. 

Immunizations will be given in the upper level entrance (West side) of the Joplin Health Department, 321 E. Fourth Street.  Please note that a parent/guardian ID and the child’s Social Security Number and immunization record is required, so these should be brought to the clinic at the time of the appointment. Questions? Call 417-623-6122.