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Wake County students get free Tdap vaccinations

Posted September 14, 2009

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— Wake County Human Services is offering a series of free vaccination clinics this week so that students can get the Tdap booster.

“We want to make sure that it’s accessible to everyone in the county and by having these outlying regional clinics we feel that this gives everyone the closest location to go. It’s convenient for them to come after school,” said Susan Kroupa, a school-based public health nurse supervisor at Wake County Human Services.

Children who turned 12 on or after Aug. 1 are required by the state to get the Tdap vaccine, a combination booster that protects against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis or whooping cough. If students do not get the shots within 30 days of the start of school, they can be suspended.

Lily Stanley was the first in line to get her shot at the Millbrook Human Services Center, where shots were offered on Monday. After the shot, Lily said her arm was still “kinda sore.”

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Many parents said the free shots were not only convenient, but were easier than waiting to get an appointment at a doctor's office.

“She wasn’t going to be able to get in until December and she needed it by the end of this month. So this is wonderful,” Lily’s mother, Dalphaline Stanley, said.

“If you haven’t done it, do it…it’s fast,” said parent Candace Sherrod. “I thought we were going to be here a while, but (it took) no time at all.”

Shots will be administered as follows:

  • Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Western Wake Center, 150 Cornerstone Drive in Cary
  • Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave. in Wake Forest
  • Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive in Zebulon
  • Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway in Fuquay-Varina

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  • oldognutriks Sep 16, 2009

    "Free" for who? The only people who it is truly free for are Illegals and people who don't pay their taxes. I thought these kids were supposed to have the shots BEFORE they could start school? I followed the rules and took time out of my schedule to make sure it was done before my child started school. I also paid a co-pay at my Doctor for the visit. I only wish I had waited to get it for free, er... I mean for the tax monies I already paid.

  • Leonardo Sep 15, 2009

    RWWVL - Sorry...but personal hygiene is no substitute for vaccinations. That's just irresponsible to say so. Whooping cough is an air-borne illness...no amount of hand-washing is going to eliminate it. We live in a world largely free from these terrible debilitating diseases BECAUSE of the existence of vaccines.

  • blahz Sep 15, 2009

    This year (2009) in Nigeria the polio outbreak was caused by the live vaccine. Polio virus is transmitted by contact with human feces (unclean water/living conditions)

    yes SANITATION and personal hygiene are EFFECTIVE

    vaccines can "help protect" but they don't prevent 100%

  • Leonardo Sep 15, 2009

    "Headline needs to say taxpayers get it in the shorts again"

    Yes....taxpayer funding for vaccines that used to kill millions of people but no longer do because of the existence of vaccines is a TOTAL waste of money. It's best to spend that money elsewhere, like in Iraq, or giving that money to rich people who need it.

  • Leonardo Sep 15, 2009

    "handwashing and personal hygiene/sanitation is probably more effective"

    Uh huh. So all of those terrible air-born illnesses like polio and whopping cough that used to kill and maim huge numbers of people in the early 20th century could have been completely avoided if people had just washed their hands more often?

    That's an interesting world you live in there.

  • whatelseisnew Sep 15, 2009

    Headline needs to say taxpayers get it in the shorts again

  • Squeek Sep 15, 2009

    rwwvl, did you real the story at all?

  • SomeRandomGuy Sep 15, 2009

    Accessible to everyone in the county?? Everyone that does NOT have a JOB or people that do not work first shift...

  • blahz Sep 15, 2009

    they vaccinations are "free", but if a student declines the student will get suspended from school??... sounds like intimidation

    handwashing and personal hygiene/sanitation is probably more effective

  • LIVEITUP Sep 15, 2009

    I just paid for my daughters. When will people state being accountable for their children?