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Health officials remind parents to vaccinate kids for school

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As students head back to school this week, health officials are reminding parents to make sure kids have their required vaccinations.

Public Health - Madison & Dane County (PHMDC)'s immunization clinics see a spike in demand for vaccines in October, so officials recommend you get your child's immunizations early to save time and delays.

Health experts also are concerned about the spread of whooping cough. The state, including Dane County, has seen an increased number of pertussis cases this year. Officials say getting the vaccine sooner rather than later will give families more protection against the illness. The greatest number of whooping cough cases in our area is found in school children.

Free vaccines will be offered at the health department to children without health insurance or those on medical assistance, along with children who are Native American/Alaskan Native.

Check your child's immunization records through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry and find list of required and suggested vaccines and an immunization clinic schedule on the PHMDC website.

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