Ponderosa Middle School “Shot” Clinic
Klamath Falls, OR, February 1, 2018:
On January 23, 2018, 34 middle school students received needed vaccinations through a collaboration between Ponderosa Middle School and Klamath County Health Department nursing volunteers.
Each year the school partners with area nurses, offering the clinic to students between the ages of 10 and 12 whose vaccinations are not up to date and are not in compliance with the State of Oregon’s public school immunization laws, most often missing Hepatitis A and/or TDAP shots and boosters. By offering to provide the immunizations at the school, students can catch up on their immunizations without missing school or be requiring parents to miss work. The shots are provided free of charge once parents sign permission slips.
“This is the age group when immunizations are needed again,” said Cindy Smith, secretary at Ponderosa and clinic coordinator. “We’ve found that some students do much better getting their shots at school, among their peers, than they do in other environments.”
The state sets a deadline each year, called Exclusion Day, for immunization compliance. This year’s deadline is February 21, 2018. Any student in the state who is not compliant before that date will be excluded from attending public school. Those students will not be permitted to return to school without proof of compliance. By offering the clinic, Ponderosa administrators make sure kids stay in school and stay healthy.
For more information about Ponderosa’s shot clinic or Exclusion Day, please contact Cindy Smith at 541-883-4740.