Monroe County recently announced extended hours at its Immunization Clinic, 111 Westfall Road, Rochester, to serve students who are at risk of being withheld from school for not having the proper vaccinations.
The clinic will welcome walk-ins from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 3, as well as 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 13 and Sept. 20.
“Staying up-to-date on vaccinations is one of the most important precautions a parent can take to protect their child and ensure they remain in the classroom, on track to graduation and on a path to a rewarding career and long-term success,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive. “The extended immunization clinic hours are yet another way Monroe County is building stronger families, making it even easier for parents to give students a healthy head-start on a successful and productive school year.”
There is no out-of-pocket cost for immunizations for children ages 18 years and younger. Parents should bring photo ID, health insurance cards and letters from school about missing shots.
Students are required to be immunized in accordance with the timeline set by the New York State Department of Health. Visit on.ny.gov/1z8wF5C for information. Students who don’t have the proper vaccines can be excluded from school because they are at increased risk to contract vaccine-preventable diseases and can spread those diseases to others in the classroom and community.
“Children need to be healthy and ready to learn in order to be successful in the classroom,” said Barbara Deane-Williams, superintendent of Rochester City School District. “Making sure our students are fully vaccinated on time is essential to ensure the long-term health of each child and the community.”
Parents can contact their school or doctor to determine what, if any, vaccines their child requires. Call (585) 753-5150 for information.