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Dinolfo Announces Extended "Back to School" Hours for Immunization Clinic

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was today joined by Barbara Deane-Williams, Superintendent of the Rochester City School District to announce extended hours for Monroe County’s Immunization Clinic located at 111 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY 14620. Extended hours at the clinic are intended to serve students who are at-risk of being withheld from school for not having the proper vaccinations.

“Staying up-to-date on vaccinations is one of the most important precautions a parent can take to protect their children and ensure they stay on track in school,” said Dinolfo. “Monroe County’s extended immunization clinic hours will now make it even easier for parents to give students a healthy head-start on a successful and productive school year. Healthy and happy kids are more likely to stay in school, on track to graduation, and on a path to a rewarding career and long-term future success.”

Beginning Wednesday, September 6 and continuing through Wednesday, October 4, the Immunization Clinic will welcome walk-ins on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Extra walk-in hours will be offered between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 14 and Thursday, September 21. The clinic will also be open on Tuesdays by appointment only. Most vaccinations are provided at no-cost through age 18. Parents are urged to bring any health insurance cards and letters received from school about missing shots.

New York State requires students be immunized in accordance with the timeline set forth by the State’s Department of Health. Students entering Kindergarten are required to obtain five vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), Varicella (chickenpox), MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), Hepatitis B, and Polio. Students who do not have the proper vaccines can be excluded from school because they are at increased risk to contract vaccine-preventable diseases and can spread those diseases to others in the classroom and community.

“The Rochester City School District is appreciative of the Monroe County Health Department’s support in providing extended hours for its immunization clinic, which makes it more convenient for families to get the required vaccines for school,” said Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams. “Children need to be healthy and ready to learn in order to be successful in the classroom. Making sure they are fully vaccinated, on time, is critical to ensure the long-term health and well-being of our students.”

Parents can contact their school or doctor to determine what, if any, vaccines their child requires. For more information on the clinic, please contact the Monroe County Department of Public Health at 753-5150.