Health department providing chicken pox vaccine at reduced cost

All incoming seventh graders are required to have two doses of the varicella vaccine — more commonly known as the chicken pox vaccine — for the 2011-2012 school year.

Parents of sixth-graders have been notified by Lawrence public school nurses.

A federal grant through the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has made the vaccine available at school clinics at no cost for students who need the first or second dose and have no history of the illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses for all children.

The vaccine, which typically costs $85, is being offered for $14 through the end of June at the health department, 200 Maine. The reduced cost is available through the federal grant. No appointment is necessary.

Clinic hours:

• Weekdays — 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for

• Tuesdays open at 9:30 a.m.

• Mondays open until 8 p.m.

For more information, call 843-0721 or visit the health department’s website at ldchealth.org.

Tagged: Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, chicken pox vaccine, varicella vaccine

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