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News from the Nurse...School Shots and More

To help keep our community safe from serious diseases like flu, measles and pneumonia, Richland Library and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control are proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month throughout August.

Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu vaccine every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages. The links below show which shots are recommended at each age from birth onward. Did you know that you and your baby even benefit from immunizations when you're pregnant? Get involved: Some local pharmacies participate with the United Nations Foundation Shot@Life initiative and donate vaccines to children every time you get a vaccine with them! 

Call the SC DHEC appointment line at 1-(800) 868-0404 to arrange for immunizations for yourself and your family. Also, If you're planning international travel, you may need additional shots. SC DHEC can get you ready! 

If you choose to use a local pharmacy, call ahead to ensure that the pharmacy has the vaccine in stock. Remember that a prescription is required for immunizations (except for persons 18 years old and older who are getting the flu vaccine only), and kids under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

 


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