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Free Immunizations Offered to Children

Children up to age 18 qualify for free immunizations at the Madison County Health Department on Max Luther Drive. If your child is heading into the Huntsville City School system, he or she will be required to show an immunization record.

For a child who is entering a Pre-K program and who is currently caught up on earlier vaccines, he or she will need a shot for diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus (DTaP); a polio vaccine; measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); and a chickenpox vaccine, according to Crystal Blackmon, a registered nurse at the Madison County Health Department.

Then, at age 11, children will be required to get a booster shot for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. It is recommended that they also get a vaccine for meningitis and human papillomavirus.

Click on any of the above vaccine names to see what the Centers for Disease Control have to say about the shots.

The free clinic is not just for children needing those shots. If your child needs any vaccine to go to any program—daycare, after-school care—then those shots will be provided.

The immunization clinic will run from July 24 to July 28 and July 31 to August 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a walk-in clinic, and will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She’s learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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