Community Interest

ST. CHARLES COUNTY IMMUNIZATION CLINIC PROVIDES REQUIRED VACCINATIONS BEFORE SCHOOL BEGINS

To help students meet Missouri requirements before the next school year begins, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health’s Immunization Clinic offers Back-to-School vaccinations on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 9-25, at the Immunization Clinic (1650 Boone’s Lick Road in St. Charles). Appointments are necessary, and a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18. 

Missouri statutes require that students in certain grade levels receive specific immunizations before attending public schools. The Back-to-School vaccination program builds protection against preventable diseases and provides a record of the vaccinations the student received to meet those statutes. 

“More important than simply being a requirement for attending public school, routine vaccination prevents infectious diseases that caused death or severe disabilities for many generations ago,” says Sara Evers, Acting Director of the Department of Public Health. “Canceled pediatrician visits and other factors over the past few years have contributed to a significant decrease in vaccination rates. When vaccination levels decrease, these preventable diseases can, and do return, as we’ve seen with measles and mumps outbreaks in recent years. Our Back-to-School vaccination appointments offer residents a convenient way to restore this protection.” 

To schedule an appointment, call (636) 949-1857.

Required Vaccinations for Missouri Students 

Students entering Kindergarten require:
  •  At least four doses of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine (DTaP/DTP/DT).
  •  At least three doses of polio vaccine (IPV).
  •  Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR).  
  •  At least three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.
  •  Two doses of chickenpox vaccine (varicella). 

Students entering 8th Grade require:
  •  
All the above vaccinations.
  •  One dose of the tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.
  •  One dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV). 

Students entering 12th Grade require:
  •  
All the above vaccinations.
  •  A second dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV). 

St. Charles County’s Immunization Clinic services are payable by cash, check, or credit/debit card (includes a service fee).  However, individuals who qualify for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program can obtain vaccinations at no cost. VFC eligible individuals must meet one of the following criteria:
  •  No health insurance.
  •  Health insurance that does not cover immunizations. 
  •  Covered by Medicaid.
  •  Native American or Alaskan Native.