Free vaccinations next week
A “Back2School” vaccination clinic for Dakota County students entering grades 7–12 this fall will be held on Aug. 27.
Three free immunizations will be provided:
• Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis/whooping cough (Tdap);
• Meningococcal, a bacteria that causes meningitis or brain inflammation; and
• HPV (human papillomavirus, which can cause cancer).
Changes in state law that go into effect this fall require all students entering grade 7 to show proof of Tdap and meningococcal vaccinations. Students entering grades 8–12 must prove these vaccinations if requested by the school.
HPV vaccination is “highly recommended” beginning at age 11, officials say.
Vaccines are provided through a federal vaccine fund, with Dakota County Public Health taking the local lead.
The clinic is walk-in, no appointment is required.
Children must be accompanied by an adult and each child must have a signed permission form from a parent or guardian. Parents should bring the child’s immunization records, if they can.
The time and place: from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley.
More information and forms are available on the Dakota County website or by calling the Public Health Immunization Information Line: 952-891-7999.
Pints named farm family of the year
Norm and Lori Pint have been named the 2014 Scott County Farm Family of the Year.
It’s part of a statewide recognition program that has existed for more than 20 years. Sponsors are the University of Minnesota Extension and the university’s agriculture and veterinary colleges.