WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - As kids get ready to head to school, it's important to make sure they're vaccinated and ready for the district.
A number of vaccinations are required for incoming students according to Marathon County public nurse Carrie Sickler. “Parents shouldn’t delay. We have already seen an increase in calls requesting appointments prior to the start of school." All children entering school in the state are required to have their diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, MMR and chickenpox vaccines. Students entering junior high and high school should also have another course of pertussis and chickenpox vaccines.
But vaccinations aren't only important for the kids who are getting them, it's also important for the people who can't get them. Sickler says that helps keep people safe when they have reduced immune response. "It's called herd immunity. Other people can't pass along the sicknesses that they've been immunized for."
The county's health department provides free and reduced cost vaccinations to children whose families are on medical assistance or Badgercare. Sickler says they'll be running clinics all the way up through the end of the month. "We prefer to have people call for an appointment, because these clinics do fill up."
You can reach the county health department at 715-261-1900.