GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The Mesa County Health Department reminds parents immunizations should also be on the back-to-school check list.
Families with school kids of any age are welcome to walk into the health department Thursday without an appointment.
Rachel Ellinwood, 17, researched vaccines and is taking charge of her own health. She said a little discomfort is worth it, especially before she starts college.
"All of these diseases are all preventable now with just one little prick. It is short-term pain for long-term gain," Ellinwood said.
“Kids are in such tight quarters at school these days that they are very contagious,” said Allison Sanchez, the Public Health Clinic Manager with the Mesa County Health Department. “It's really important for the community health as a whole to get immunizations before school.”
“I think people have heard too many bad things and they are not getting all the information on shots,” said Amber Johnson, a mother in Grand Junction. “If you choose to do so, great—If not, stay away from my kids. That's how I feel.”
Those who are choosing not to vaccinate their kids must now fill out an exemption form every school year.
The clinic will be happening on the first floor of the health department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parents exempting children from immunization for a non-medical reason can find links to that form and information about the clinic on the right side of the screen.