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Free vaccinations available for 6th- and 12th-graders at Carroll County Health Department

March 6 is the final deadline for Carroll County Public Schools sixth- and 12th-graders to register for required vaccinations, according to a Carroll County Health Department media release, and the department will be offering free vaccination clinics.

The clinics will be held by appointment during the second week of March and parents interested in registering their children should visit www.vaccineconsent.com or their child’s school nurse for a consent form, according to the release.

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“It’s very convenient for parents,” Maria Carr, supervisor of Maternal and Child Health at the Carroll County Health Department, said in the release. “Instead of having to take the time to visit their child’s health care provider, they just complete an online form and their child will get the vaccinations they need at school. There is no charge to the parent; insurance is billed directly, and if a child does not have insurance, they can get the vaccines for free.”

Students entering seventh grade are required to have received vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal Meningitis (MCV4), according to the release, and will also be offered the HPV. This vaccine protects against several types of cancers caused by the human papillomavirus.

The same vaccinations will be offered for 12th-graders, with the addition of the Meningococcal Meningitis Type B (MenB) vaccine, which the Centers for Disease Control recommends for certain teens and young adults, according to the release.

The Health Department also offers free walk-in vaccinations from 4 to 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at its 290 S. Center St., Westminster, location, according to the release, where the Tdap, MCV4 (meningitis A,C,W,Y), HPV, and Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines are available free of charge.

For more information, visit cchd.maryland.gov, or call 410-876-4942.

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