Health department extends hours for school immunizations


The Williamson County Health Department will extend its hours to 6 p.m. from Aug. 5-7 for back to school immunizations.

The Williamson County Health Department will extend its hours to 6 p.m. from Aug. 5-7 for back to school immunizations.

Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on those days.

The health department as well as other healthcare providers around the county will offer immunizations required for students.

Children may be eligible to receive free vaccines if they have no insurance, are enrolled in TennCare, have private insurance that does not cover vaccines, or are American Indian or Alaska Native.

In the state of Tennessee, children enrolling in school for the first time and all children entering 7th grade must provide schools with a state immunization certificate before classes start as proof they have received all necessary immunizations.

Those include proof of two doses of chickenpox vaccine or a history of the illness, a booster shot for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough.

An immunization for measles, mumps and MMR is also required.

A complete list of all state-required immunizations can be found on the Tennessee Department of Health website.

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