Free vaccinations for Florence students

Florence, Wis. — Florence County Health Department will be at Florence Elementary School, Middle and High School on Thursday, April 12, to offer the free vaccinations to all students. No insurance information is needed for the following.

— Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis) – protects against whooping cough, Tetanus and Diphtheria. Pertussis/Whooping cough is highly contagious. Tdap is required for entrance into 6th grade.

— HPV (Human papillomavirus) – protects against the types of HPV that most commonly cause cervical cancer and genital warts. HPV is most common in people in their teens and early 20s. Two or Three shots (depending on age) are given over the course of 6-12 months to provide protection.

— Meningococcal (Meningitis) – protects against Meningococcal Meningitis, a very serious infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. It can cause severe disability or death. It is recommended that adolescents receive 2 doses of Meningococcal vaccine, dose 1 (11-12 years) dose 2 (16 and older). If your child is over the age of 12 and hasn’t received the first dose, it is still okay to receive it now. Meningococcal may be required by Wisconsin schools for seventh grade in the 2018-19 school year. Many colleges require Meningococcal vaccine for entrance.

Parents of adolescents can access the required permission form on the health department website or the school website, or may contact the Florence County Health Department at 715-528-4837 to request it by mail or email.

Forms must be filled out, signed and returned to the school secretary or health department by Thursday, March 29. Each student requesting vaccines will have their immunization history checked in the Wisconsin Immunization Registry prior to vaccination. Vaccine Information Statements are available at: http://www.immunize.org/vis

This is a voluntary, limited-time offer only available to children in Florence County. If you do not know what shots your child needs or you have questions about vaccines, please call your healthcare provider or Florence County Health Department at 715-528-4837.

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