The nurse at the health department – Eureka office provides immunizations for people of all ages; assesses records for families, schools and day cares for immunization status and educate the public about the importance of immunizations in preventing disease.
Vaccines help prevent diseases that used to be the top killer of children in this country. Maintaining high rates of childhood immunizations protects not only vaccinated children, but also those too young or too ill to have completed their full series of shots. A reduction in immunization rates inevitably results in an increase in disease. Therefore, immunizations are crucial to the health and safety of the community at large.
New Fall 2015 Requirements
All grades (K-12): Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine after age 1 year (or a form from your medical provider confirming immunity)
Grades 7-12: Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) booster. The Td vaccine, which lacks the pertussis (or whooping cough) component will no longer be adequate.
Required: booster doses of DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), varicella (chickenpox)
Recommended: “catch-up” vaccinations: hepatitis A if not already given at age 1 year.
Required: Tdap, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, and second varicella (chickenpox) vaccination
Recommended: "catch-up" and adolescent vaccines, including hepatitis A, meningococcal, and HPV (human papillomavirus).