School students entering school for the 2017-2018 school year are required to have up-to-date vaccinations before they will be allowed to attend classes. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department’s immunization clinic is each Wednesday from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. All regular childhood and back to school immunizations are available.
Currently West Virginia State law requires that all children entering school in West Virginia for the first time in grades K-12 must show proof of immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B unless properly medically exempted. Older students who will be entering 7th and 12th grade will also have to show proof that they have age-appropriate vaccinations as well. Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective preventive measures available and have saved countless lives.
Students who will be starting college or are planning an overseas trip as part of their studies may also need to get necessary vaccinations. Parents and students should check with the college or university on their vaccinations requirements and recommendations. Students who will be participating in an overseas travel program should also make sure they are properly vaccinated prior to the trip. The health department can also assist with these vaccinations.
Those seeking vaccinations should bring with them to the health department all vaccination records so the determination can be made about what vaccines are needed. A parent and/or legal guardian should be with the child and have photo ID. The Wheeling-Ohio Health Department is located in the City/County building in Wheeling. For more information or to make an appointment call the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department at 304.234.3682 or visit our website at www.ohiocountyhealth.com.