Families in the Cherry Creek School District took full advantage of the district’s first-ever, in-school immunization clinic to protect the health of their children. Hosted by CCSD and the Tri-County Health Department, the clinic was held at Prairie Middle School on Nov. 13, a non-contact day when there was no school for students.
Families could get all school-required and recommended immunizations for their children; DTAP, TDAP, HIB, HEP A, HEP B, Polio, MMR, VAR PCV-13 HPV and MCV4, as well as flu shots. These vaccines are required by law and protect children and the people around them from illnesses such as chicken pox and hepatitis, which can be dangerous or even deadly.
More than 120 students came to the clinic and 517 vaccinations were administered. Most students received multiple immunizations with the average being four vaccines per student.
“This was a highly successful clinic and further strengthens the relationship between the Cherry Creek School District and the Tri-County Health Department,” said Bryce Andersen, Tri-County Immunization and Core Nursing Manager.
“Immunizations are considered the greatest public health intervention of the 21st century,” said Suzanne Oro, Director of Health Services for Cherry Creek Schools. “Our district currently has a greater-than-97% immunization compliance rate and we are committed to achieving a 100% rate and protecting our school communities from vaccine-preventable illnesses."
The northern part of the Cherry Creek School District where Prairie Middle School is located is very diverse; many families do not speak English so the district used pre-recorded phone calls, flyers and signs in 10 different languages to inform families about the immunization opportunity. The response was very positive. In fact, supplies of some vaccines ran short.
Immunizations are still available through the Tri-County Health Department. Call the Tri-County Immunization hotline at 303-451-0123 for more information.