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  • Health Department adds Saturday hours for back-to-school immunizations

    Jul 25, 2014 | Read More News
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    Immunization clinicAs the majority of the 160,000 children who attend Pima County’s public and private schools prepare to return to school over the next two weeks, the Pima County Health Department is offering Saturday immunization clinics at two of its five immunization offices.

    “Immunizations have proven to be the safest and absolute best way to keep kids from contracting devastating yet preventable illnesses. I urge every parent in the county to get their children immunized,” said County Health Director Dr. Francisco Garcia. In hopes of helping to properly protect kids headed back to school, PCHD is offering two special weekend opportunities to get immunizations:

    South 

      Aug. 2

       10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

       175 W. Irvington Road
    Green Valley   Aug. 9    9 a.m. to noon     601 N. La Canada Drive

    In addition, all of the County’s immunization offices offer the vaccines during their normal business hours: 

     Office Address Hours Call For Appointment
    South 175 W. Irvington Road Monday- Friday
    8 a.m. to noon 
    1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    520-889-9543

    East 6920 E. Broadway Same as South 520-298-3888
    North 3550 N. First Ave. Same as South 520-243-2866
    Green Valley 601 N. La Canada Drive Wednesdays
    1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    520-624-1626
    Catalina 3535 E. Hawser St.  Wednesdays
    1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
    520-243-2866
    Ajo 120 Estrella  First Wed. of 
    each month, or
    by appointment
    520-387-7206
    Parents can make appointments but the clinics also take walk-ins and should bring their child’s immunization records and any AHCCCS or other health insurance information they have. Vaccines are free whether children are covered by insurance or not.

    For more information or to use our interactive services map visit our website, www.pima.gov/health

    Arizona law requires all children attending kindergarten through 12th grade in public or private schools provide proof of immunization before they are allowed to enroll. The law allows exemptions for medical reasons or personal beliefs.

    In recent years, the county and much of Arizona has seen the return of several childhood illnesses due to a rise in immunization exemptions. Pima County had an outbreak of whooping cough last school year and Maricopa County also had a measles outbreak.
     

    Pima County Public School Districts 2014-2015 School Year Start Dates:

    School District  Date Starts
    Ajo Aug. 11
    Amphi Aug. 7
    Catalina Foothills      Aug. 7
    Flowing Wells Aug. 7
    Marana Aug. 4
    Sahuarita Aug. 4
    Sunnyside Aug. 5
    Tanque Verde Aug. 5
    TUSD July 31
    Vail Already Started
    Start dates for Pima County’s 109 charters schools and numerous private schools vary. Some have already begun. There are about 157,000 public school students in the county (district and charter), the remainder attend private schools or are home-schooled.