Missoula County to host back-school immunization clinic

Missoula health officials will host a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Aug. 23 to get kids up-to-date with immunizations as school resumes.

The Missoula City-County Health Department is scheduled to put on its first Back-to-School Immunization Clinic from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. All vaccinations required for Missoula County Public Schools kindergartners through seventh graders will be available at the clinic, according to a health department news release.

For kindergarten students, the list includes: DTaP, IPV (the polio vaccine), MMR (prevents measles, mumps and rubella) and the chickenpox vaccine. Seventh grader booster shots offered will include: Tdap, HPV and Meningitis.

COVID-19 and flu immunizations won’t be available at Wednesday’s clinic but will be offered in coming months. The Centers for Disease Control reported a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization this week, though overall levels are still low, according to Reuters.

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For Missoulians without health insurance, the health department is part of the Vaccine for Children program, which offers those qualifying people a sliding fee scale for low- to no-cost vaccinations, the news release stated. Parents and guardians need to bring their photo ID, child’s

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