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Jul 25, 2014 1:06 PM by Faye DeHoff

Saturday hours added at back-to-school immunization clinics

PIMA COUNTY - As the majority of the 160,000 children who attend Pima County's public and private schools prepare to return to school over the next two weeks, the Pima County Health Department is offering Saturday immunization clinics at two of its five immunization offices.

"Immunizations have proven to be the safest and absolute best way to keep kids from contracting devastating yet preventable illnesses. I urge every parent in the county to get their children immunized," said County Health Director Dr. Francisco Garcia.

In hopes of helping to properly protect kids headed back to school, PCHD is offering two special weekend opportunities to get immunizations:

South-Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 175 W. Irvington Rd
Green Valley-Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to noon 601 N. La Cañada Dr

In addition, all of the Counties' immunization offices offer the vaccines during their normal business hours that children need all year round:

South-175 W. Irvington Rd Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 520-889-9543
East-6920 E. Broadway 520-298-3888
North-3550 N. First Ave 520-243-2866
Green Valley-601 N. La Cañada Dr Every Wednesday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 520-624-1626
Catalina-3535 E. Hawser St. Every Wednesday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 520-243-2866
Ajo-120 Estrella 1st Wednesday Each Month by Appointment 520-387-7206

Parents can make appointments but the clinics also take walk-ins and parents should bring their child's immunization records and any AHCCCS or other health insurance information they have. Vaccines are free whether children are covered by insurance or not.

For more information or to use our interactive services map visit our website, www.pima.gov/health

Arizona law requires all children attending kindergarten through 12th grade in public or private schools provide proof of immunization before they are allowed to enroll. The law allows exemptions for medical reasons or personal beliefs.

In recent years the county and much of Arizona has seen the return of several child illnesses due to a rise in immunization exemptions. Pima County had an outbreak of whooping cough last school year and Maricopa County also had a measles outbreak.

Pima County Public School Districts 2014-2015 School Year Start Dates:
Ajo-Aug. 11
Amphitheater-Aug. 7
Catalina Foothills-Aug. 7
Flowing Wells-Aug. 7
Marana-Aug. 4
Sahuarita-Aug. 4
Sunnyside-Aug. 5
Tanque Verde-Aug. 5
TUSD-July 31
Vail-Already started

Start dates for Pima County's 109 charters schools and numerous private schools vary. Some have already begun. There are about 157,000 public school students in the county (district and charter), the remainder attend private schools or are home-schooled.

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