Peninsula: Delayed vaccinations on again for school children

Children spared the pain of immunizations earlier this year due to a shortage of vaccine, may still face the needle.

Youngsters entering school in Jefferson and Clallam counties were among those temporarily excused in June from getting certain immunizations because of the shortage.

But health officials are urging parents to get their children vaccinated now that enough serum is available.

The Washington State Department of Health issued a statement this week saying that supplies of vaccine for DTaP — diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) — have been restored after a two-year shortage.

“All children need the full five-dose series for DTaP, and kids whose immunizations were delayed due to the shortage must catch up on missed doses,” state Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes said.

“With school less than a month away, now is the time to be sure your child is on schedule with the full vaccine series.”

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