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      Jefferson County Public Health offering free vaccination

      The Tdap vaccine is required for all students entering seventh grade this year.

      A new requirement from the Iowa Department of Public Health means an additional vaccine for students entering seventh grade this year.

      Due to increased cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, all students born on or before September 15, 2000 are required to get a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, or Tdap, vaccine. Jefferson County Public Health is offering a free evening clinic on Tuesday, August 6 to make sure all students receive the vaccination.

      "These children are not getting the immunity build-up like they had in the past because they normally would receive their last dose at age five," said Mandi Lauderman, RN-BSN-MSN with Jefferson County Public Health. "So the Iowa Department of Health has determined that there's a need for additional vaccine and that's why we're offering that."

      Any student can get the vaccine, regardless of insurance. The clinic asks that you bring immunization records with you and make sure every child is accompanied by an adult.

      The clinic is by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 641-472-5929.