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From kindergarten to college, vaccines critical

The Comanche County Health Department is encouraging parents to protect their children's health by getting all the recommended vaccines  especially children who are going to school or a day care center where disease outbreaks can occur.

Whether it's a baby starting a new day care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school  even a college freshman, this is the time to check children's vaccine records.

"When parents are preparing to send their child off to day care, school or college, it's the perfect time to ensure he or she is up to date on all recommended and required vaccines," said Brandie O'Connor, county administrative director for the health department.

Parents may take their children ages 18 and younger to the health department, 1010 S. Sheridan, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays on a walk-in basis to receive vaccines. Children with private health insurance or SoonerCare are encouraged to go to their primary care physicians for continuity of care, according to Nancy Sterkel, a registered nurse with the health department.

Sterkel also recommends parents arrive by 4 p.m. to allow for check-in and administration of the vaccines in a timely manner.

The Lawton Constitution

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