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June 2000  -  Volume 3  -  Issue 4

Vaccinate Against The Chickenpox
Provided by Nancy Braden,
Jefferson County Department of Health Public Information Coordinator

The Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment reminds parents, caregivers, health care providers, and others of the need to immunize children against the chickenpox. Beginning July 1, 2000 the Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine will be required for children attending pre-school starting at 18 months of age through Kindergarten. Varicella vaccine must be administered at 12 months of age (on or after the first birthday) or older to be acceptable. A laboratory test shows immunity or a disease history from a health care provider, parent or guardian is an acceptable alternative to vaccination.

Chickenpox can be dangerous and even deadly. Before the introduction of the varicella vaccine in 1995, approximately 4 million cases of the disease were reported annually. Each year, approximately 10,000 people are hospitalized for complications due to chickenpox and 100 people died. Chickenpox and other vaccine-preventable diseases need not occur. All parents/caregivers should check with their health care providers to make sure their children's immunizations are up to date.

The Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment offers walk-in immunization clinics for county residents. Locations and hours are as follows:

Arvada - 6303 Wadsworth Bypass - The 1st Tuesday of each month from 2:00-4:00 PM and the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month from 3:00-6:00 PM.

Conifer - 10875 U.S. Hwy D202 - The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:00 - 6:00 PM and the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 1:00- 4:00 PM.

Lakewood - 260 S. Kipling St. - The 1st Monday of each month from 3:00 - 6:00 PM and every Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30PM. Appointments are available.

There is an $8.00 administrative fee per person charge for varicella vaccine. Service will not be denied due to inability to pay for any childhood vaccine required by Colorado State Law. For more information, please call the recorded immunization line at 303-239-7187 or to make an appointment 303-239-7033.

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