Dear Speak Out,
We at the Marshall County Health Department would like to take this opportunity to thank the community and local school corporations for their cooperation and partnership with us in our endeavor to get children in grades 6 through 12 vaccinated to the new state requirements. In January the State released a new vaccination schedule that requires all children grades 6 through 12 attending an accredited school to have three additional vaccines in order to be able to attend school in the fall. Between February and May the Marshall County Health Department held 13 different vaccination clinics in our area schools – resulting in 1477 children receiving vaccination against meningitis; 1473 children receiving vaccination against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (whooping cough); and 864 children receiving vaccination against Varicella (chickenpox).
The partnerships with the local school corporation administrators and nurses have proven invaluable. We held clinics at the following schools: Plymouth High school, Lincoln Jr High and Riverside: Bremen Middle and High Schools; Culver Elementary and the Jr.-Sr. High Schools; Argos Elementary and Jr.-Sr. High Schools; Triton Elementary and Jr.-Sr. High Schools; and LaVille Elementary. In addition, we would like to express thanks to the St. Joseph County Health Department who worked jointly with us to hold one clinic at LaVille Jr.-Sr. High School and two clinics in the John Glenn school corporation.
Although much progress has been made, there are still children who may end up being excluded from school in the fall if they have not received the new required immunizations. The Marshall County Health Department is continuing to provide immunizations this summer, although appointments are required and can be obtained by contacting the health department (574) 935-8565.
The Marshall County Health Department again thanks everyone who has volunteered, assisted or worked with us to organize and run these successful clinics. We could not have this kind of success with out you.