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Back-to-school immunizations offered

San Juan Basin Health Department is providing an opportunity for parents to get their children up to date on immunizations before school begins. This Back-to-School Immunizations Day will take place on Monday, Aug. 16 at the Pagosa Springs office, 502 South Eighth Street. Parents need to make an appointment by calling 264-2409, ext. 213.

Immunizations are an important part of our children’s health care and Colorado law requires that children going to school be vaccinated to prevent vaccine preventable disease. Parents should have received a letter in the spring from the State of Colorado explaining which vaccines student are required to have in order to attend a Colorado school in the 2010-11 school year. You can read this letter at our website: www.sjbhd.org/immunizations. Or call 264-2409, ext. 213 if you have questions or need more information regarding these requirements.

Please bring your child’s immunization record to your appointment. We accept Medicaid, CHP+, and Rocky Mountain HMO insurance. Please remember to bring your child’s insurance card as they are required at time of service. San Juan Basin Health charges a minimal fee of $14.70 per immunization. However, if a family cannot afford to pay, we will still provide the necessary immunizations.