Coast-wide Immunization Fair for kids taking place Friday

Mississippi state law requires children to be immunized against childhood diseases to enter public or private school, head start, or day care. If your child hasn’t done so yet, there’s still a little time.

The clock is ticking down and so is the opportunity to get your child’s required shots before school begins. Coastal Family Health Pediatrician Dr. Wendy Williams said, “This Friday is going to be the last day in our long series of immunization fairs we’ve had this summer. This is the time to definitely come along and take advantage. The immunizations will be for those entering kindergarten and those entering seventh grade. Those are the two main groups that will need them. If there are kids in that group who need catch up shots, we’ll definitely be there for them.”

The immunizations are available for any child who lives on the Coast this Friday at Coastal Family Health’s pediatric clinic on Division Street in Biloxi from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and it’s free. Bring your ID for registration and if you’re from out of state bring your child’s immunization records.

Parents of seventh graders are reminded their children must have their TDAP shot. “You’ll be greeted at the table. We’ll get your registration. You can take care of that while you’re in the car. Once we know what you need, and we’re ready for you, we’ll call you in the clinic. You come in the clinic. You’ll get your immunizations and you’ll be on your way.”

For those of you who have kids who are physically going back to school, here are a few tips to help keep your kids safe from germs. “The most important thing to remember is to keep your hands clean. Wash your hands frequently. We can practice that at home with our kids. We can practice that at home if we need to. The other thing is to practice wearing masks. It doesn’t come naturally. It’s not the easiest thing. Some of us think our kids can’t do it, but they really can, especially if we work with them and make it fun.”

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