Immunizations Top Priority On Back To School Lists

Notebooks, pencils, backpacks- it's all part of getting ready to go back to school. But parents, don't forget to add those required immunizations to the list.

Twenty years ago there were only about four vaccines available.
However technology is ever changing and health officials are now able to recommend more than 10 vaccines. Which means those who are uninsured or under-insured will be paying more. That is unless they take advantage of the Mesa County Health Department.

The Health Department's Vaccine For Children Program those who are uninsured, under-insured or on medicaid can receive immunizations for $15 each. And if that's still to costly don't worry- the Health Department will not turn anyone who qualifies away.

Childhood Immunizations should begin at two months old and officials say it's important for parents to follow a strict schedule to ensure serious preventable diseases are not contracted.

Because the diseases childhood vaccines protect against are contagious the Colorado School Entrance Immunization Law requires all students to provide proof of documentation on the first day of school.