The Harford County Health Department is encouraging all parents and
guardians of school-aged children to make an appointment at the health department for the required immunizations for fall. Even though Harford County schools are virtually learning this coming semester, children are still required to be vaccinated, especially if the children are participating in an onsite learning center.
The health department is offering the Varicella and MMR vaccine for Kindergartners and Tdap and Meningitis for 7th graders. However, all children in need of a vaccine are welcome. Those who have medical assistance, are uninsured or underinsured will receive the vaccine at no-cost. If the child has insurance, the insurance company will be billed.
Appointments will be available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, for the month of September, at 1321 Woodbridge Station Way in Edgewood. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Lynda Boegner, Acting Director of the Clinical Health Bureau, in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health, says “Vaccinations are a very important strategy to maintain children’s health and wellbeing. Without up to date vaccinations, children can become ill from such preventable diseases as measles, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough), as well as other illnesses. Many children have missed important vaccinations due to concerns about COVID-19, as well as, medical providers’ offices having limited availability. Children need to be vaccinated before they are potentially exposed. Now is the perfect time to protect your children by getting them vaccinated.”
Due to COVID-19, some new rules are in place upon entering the Edgewood building:
- Everyone must wear a mask
- Only one person may accompany the child. No groups.
- Stay home if you are sick.
For more information about the immunization clinic or to schedule an appointment, please call 410-612-1774.