San Diego County health officials on Friday said about 150,000 adolescents in the region lack some or all the recommended vaccines.
“A large number of unvaccinated students increases the risk of contracting a dangerous disease,” said Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. “Parents should make sure their children are up-to-date with immunizations to protect them from getting sick.”
Everyone 6 months and older should receive an annual flu shot. Two doses of flu vaccine are recommended for children 8 years and younger who are receiving it for the first time, said officials.
Two doses of chickenpox vaccine are recommended for unvaccinated adolescents who have not had the disease.
Parents should also be aware that all seventh graders need to show proof they received the pertussis booster shot (Tdap) before starting school.
The vaccines are available at physician offices, community clinics, and many retail pharmacies. People without medical insurance can get vaccinated at one of the seven County Public Health Centers.
For more information on vaccines, call the HHSA Immunization Branch at (866) 358-2966 or visit www.sdiz.org.