The following was posted by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) regarding student vaccinations.
South Carolina students will return to school in August, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reminds parents to be sure vaccines are on their child’s back-to-school list.
Children enrolled in school and child care are required to be current on certain vaccinations at the start of each school year. This helps protect the health of children and teachers who are in group settings every day, as vaccines are one of the most successful public health interventions for reducing disease spread and preventing complications or death from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Current vaccination requirements for the 2022-2023 school year are available at scdhec.gov/vaccinations. Updates for this school year include:
- 2nd-graders are now required to have two doses of hepatitis A vaccine with both doses received on or after the first birthday and separated by at least 6 months.
- 8th-graders are now required to have two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. A child with a positive history of the disease is considered immune and is exempt from this requirement.
- 10th-graders are now required to have three doses of oral and/or inactivated polio vaccine with at least one dose received on or after the fourth birthday.
None of these are new vaccines, but rather the existing requirement has been extended to additional grade levels.
DHEC also urges parents not to forget that preteens age 11-12 years old are recommended to get a booster against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis), called Tdap, human papillomavirus (HPV), and meningitis vaccines. As of the 2020-2021 school year, there has been a new hepatitis A vaccine requirement for children enrolled in child care and kindergarten.
Appointment slots typically fill up quickly, so now is the time to call your health care provider to schedule a well visit and make sure your child is up to date on required and recommended vaccinations. Appointments for certain vaccines, including for flu, pneumonia, and tetanus, can also be made at one of DHEC’s county health departments .
Visit scdhec.gov/healthclinics or call DHEC’s Care Line at (855) 472-3432 to make an appointment.
LEXINGTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLINIC
In addition, on August 2 and 3, the Lexington County Health Department will hold back-to-school vaccination clinics at 1070-B South Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29073. The clinics are open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
During these walk-in clinics, the health department will offer the following required school vaccinations:
- DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)
- Hepatitis A and B
- MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
- Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
These vaccinations are free or covered by insurance. Please bring your insurance card with you to the clinic.
If you have your child’s latest immunization record, please bring it with you.