In an effort to take some of the stress out of back-to-school season, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), 510 29 ½ Road in Grand Junction, is expanding hours for two Back-to-School Immunization Clinics in August.

Saturday, Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

510 29 ½ Road, Grand Junction

Walk-ins only

Bring your immunization records

“We’re opening on a Saturday and we are extending hours on August 8th so that we can make it easier for parents to get their kids in here for immunizations,” MCPH Clinic Manager Allison Sanchez said. “We’re hoping that by offering two different time slots for these clinics, on top of our regular hours, we can accommodate all schedules.”

Parents or legal guardians should bring their family or child’s insurance card and immunization records. If you’re unsure about which immunization your child needs or which immunizations your child has received in the past, the MCPH team can help with that. Families should also know that MCPH serves all patients, regardless of ability to pay.

Students entering kindergarten must be up-to-date on immunizations for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (DTaP or Tdap), along with other required immunizations. For sixth-graders, this is an additional requirement, even if the child was current on all immunizations in elementary school. Click here for the full Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Immunization Schedule.

Parents with non-medical exemption forms (immunization exemptions for personal beliefs or religious reasons) need to submit an exemption form every year, in accordance with state law. Those with a medical exemption need to submit an exemption form only once. Medical and non-medical exemption forms are available here.

For questions regarding immunizations required to attend school, call Nursing Services at School District 51 at 254-5417 or review the list provided in each Parent Student Handbook.

If you can’t make the clinics, call (970) 248-6900 to schedule an appointment with MCPH or contact your health care provider.