Free Tdap and MMR Vaccine Available Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Reno, NV (March 10, 2015) – Immunize Nevada is partnering with Elko County School District and the Nevada State Immunization Program to offer free Tdap and MMR vaccinations at the Elko Convention Center (700 Moren Way) this Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The vaccines are available at no cost on a first come, first served basis.

Nevada law requires that all 7th graders at a public, private or charter school be vaccinated against pertussis (also known as whooping cough). This is accomplished through the Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.

Nevada children are also required to be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) before entering any public, private or charter school. This is especially vital in light of recent cases of measles identified in southern Nevada.

“If you’re worried that you have been infected with measles, you should call your doctor immediately,” said Parker. “However the best peace of mind for yourself and your family is to ensure you are all up-to-date on your vaccinations.”

Nevadans can check immunization status online at http://immunizenevada.org/why-immunize/immunization-records, or by calling the Health Department or their doctor.

For more information about measles, please visit www.immunizenevada.org/measles.

Immunize Nevada advocates for and educates about the benefits of vaccines and fosters statewide collaboration to achieve Nevada’s health priorities. Immunize Nevada’s vision is for healthy communities across Nevada being protected from vaccine-preventable disease. For more information, visit ImmunizeNevada.org

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