The first day of school in
Joplin is August 17. Now is the perfect
time to get vaccinated!
The Joplin City Health Department
has vaccinations required for school and can help make sure children are
prepared. If a child lives within the
Joplin city limits, or is enrolled in a Joplin public or private school, the
Health Department is happy to assist the family with these needs. Parents or
guardians should bring in the immunization record and the staff will review it
to check if the child is behind on any vaccinations.
The Health Department provides
immunizations for the uninsured or underinsured, and those with Medicaid. They also accept many area insurances. Citizens are welcome to call ahead to verify
Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and
pertussis) is required for entry into the 8th grade. Another
requirement is two doses of Meningococcal (MCV) before grade 12. Children
may be denied entry into school without these mandatory immunizations.
Parents can avoid the back to
school rush and call now to schedule an appointment during the regularly
scheduled immunization clinics BEFORE school starts.
Immunizations will be given in
the upper level entrance (West side) of the Joplin Health Department, 321 E.
Fourth Street. Please note that a
parent/guardian ID and the child’s Social Security Number and immunization
record is required, so these should be brought to the clinic at the time of the
appointment. Questions? Call 417-623-6122.