July 25, 2022
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – To help students meet Missouri requirements before the next school year begins, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health’s Immunization Clinic offers Back-to-School vaccinations on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 9-25, at the Immunization Clinic (1650 Boone’s Lick Road in St. Charles). Appointments are necessary, and a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18.
Missouri statutes require that students in certain grade levels receive specific immunizations before attending public schools. The Back-to-School vaccination program builds protection against preventable diseases and provides a record of the vaccinations the student received to meet those statutes.
“More important than simply being a requirement for attending public school, routine vaccination prevents infectious diseases that caused death or severe disabilities for many generations ago,” says Sara Evers, Acting Director of the Department of Public Health. “Canceled pediatrician visits and other factors over the past few years have contributed to a significant decrease in vaccination rates. When vaccination levels decrease, these preventable diseases can, and do return, as we’ve seen with measles and mumps outbreaks in recent years. Our Back-to-School vaccination appointments offer residents a convenient way to restore this protection.”
To schedule an appointment, call (636) 949-1857.
Required Vaccinations for Missouri Students
Students entering Kindergarten require:
- At least four doses of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine (DTaP/DTP/DT).
- At least three doses of polio vaccine (IPV).
- Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR).
- At least three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.
- Two doses of chickenpox vaccine (varicella).
Students entering 8th Grade require:
- All the above vaccinations.
- One dose of the tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.
- One dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV).
Students entering 12th Grade require:
- All the above vaccinations.
- A second dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV).
St. Charles County’s Immunization Clinic services are payable by cash, check, or credit/debit card (includes a service fee). However, individuals who qualify for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program can obtain vaccinations at no cost. VFC eligible individuals must meet one of the following criteria:
- No health insurance.
- Health insurance that does not cover immunizations.
- Covered by Medicaid.
- Native American or Alaskan Native.
Media Contact: Doug Bolnick, Public Information Officer, 636-949-7408 or email@example.com
About the St. Charles County Department of Public Health
Through the efforts of its three divisions — Environmental Health and Protection, Health Services and Humane Services — the St. Charles County Department of Public Health provides a wide range of services that enhance the well-being of the community. To learn how the department assists this region or to find out about volunteer opportunities with any of the divisions, visit sccmo.org/PublicHealth or call 636-949-7400.
About St. Charles County
St. Charles County, Missouri, founded in 1812, is one of the fastest growing counties in Missouri. With a population of 405,262, it’s the state’s third largest county. It is home to 21 scenic county parks of which three are in reserve, encompassing 4,197 acres.
With one of the largest economies in the state, St. Charles County is home to multinational companies including General Motors, Citi, MasterCard Worldwide and Boeing. It is ranked among the top 25 counties in the nation in high-tech job growth by the Progressive Policy Institute and consistently has the lowest unemployment rate in the Metropolitan St. Louis area.
St. Charles County Government has more than 1,170 employees in more than 30 departments and offices who work to make the county an excellent place to live, work and shop. For more information, please visit sccmo.org.