Knox County Health Department giving back to school immunization

Knox County Health Department giving back to school immunizations

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Health Department is working to get students up to date on their immunizations.

School starts back on Monday, which means it's time for parents to make sure their children's vaccinations are up to date.

"The diseases we vaccinate children for are the diseases that our grandparents and some of our parents are disabled from and maybe lost siblings from, so they're really serious childhood illnesses and vaccinations are a very proven way to reduce the number of children that get sick," said Dr. Martha Buchanan, director of the Knox County Health Department.

These vaccinations are for those entering preschool, Kindergarden and the seventh grade. They also apply to any new student transferring to Knox County schools.

Parents must provide their child’s school with a state immunization certificate, proving their child has received the required vaccinations, before the first day of school. 

Both the vaccines and the immunization certificates are available at pediatrician offices or at any KCHD location. 

Tennessee's vaccine requirements follow recommendations from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More online: Full list of required vaccinations

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