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The Importance of Staying on Schedule with Your Child’s Immunizations

May 27, 2020 -- Our School Nurses work hard to maintain a safe environment for our school communities, and part of that mission is to ensure students are immunized to protect them from disease. In a school year like no other, Ohio students and families have remained steadfast in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ohio stay-at-home order and the need to preserve protective equipment for our "frontline" healthcare workers caused most non-emergency visits to healthcare offices or clinics to be postponed due to reduced hours and temporary closures.

As healthcare providers slowly restart services, Columbus City Schools (CCS) School Nurses are urging parents to take some time to plan for the next school year by making sure children are up-to-date on immunizations. We recommend you act as soon as possible, both to keep your children healthy and safe and to avoid the back-to-school rush. Ohio law (ORC 3313.671) requires students to be vaccinated against several diseases within 14 days of starting the school year.

Don't forget to send a copy of the records to your school nurse!  If you have any questions about immunizations, please contact your child's School Nurse or the CCS Division of Health, Family and Community Services. 

We have been diligently planning to welcome back staff and students when Ohio determines it is safe to reconvene. Until then, please remember to "Protect your immunity while helping your community; don't delay, get your vaccination today!"