WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler wants parents to place immunizations at the top of their back-to-school to-do lists.
New regulations for school admissions require schools to more closely scrutinize children's immunization records and could result in a child not being allowed to start or continue in school if immunizations are not current.
These updated regulations provide increased protection against illnesses like whooping cough that have been reported in school aged children in Westchester, as well as measles and mumps, which have had recent outbreaks in nearby New York City. The Westchester County Health Department will offer free immunizations by appointment during special back to school clinics in September for children ages 12 months through 18 years, who are uninsured or whose insurance doesn't cover immunizations.
During these clinics, Affordable Care Act navigators will be on hand to help parents and guardians sign their children up for the health insurance they need. Families without a regular doctor also will receive information about where to go for ongoing pediatric primary care. Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis for vaccine clinics scheduled through Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Westchester County Department of Health clinics in Yonkers and White Plains. To schedule an appointment for school vaccines at the Health Department clinic in Yonkers at 20 S. Broadway, call 914-231-2500.
The dates are as follows: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
To schedule an appointment for school vaccines at the clinic in White Plains at 134 Court St. call (914) 995-5800.
The dates are as follows:
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, visit health.westchestergov.com or call 914-813-5000.