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D.C. schools enforce shot requirements

Clinics offer free immunizations

(Published January 14, 2002)

D.C. public school officials say they will bar attendance by any students who have not complied with immunizations requirements by Jan. 25.

"This recent decision by the school board may sound like an extreme measure, but it is a necessary step for our children and our entire community," said Ralph Neal, assistant superintendent for student and school support services.

Dr. Ivan C.A. Walks, the city’s health director, declared a public health emergency Jan. 3 after learning that nearly 21,000 of the District’s 68,000 public school students have incomplete immunization records.

To comply with the deadline, students with incomplete records must show proof they have received initial immunization shots or boosters or have been re-immunized against diphtheria, poliomyelitis, tetanus, rubella, measles and mumps.

D.C. health and schools officials are encouraging parents and guardians to get their school-age children vaccinated against communicable diseases such as hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis and chicken pox.

Numerous clinics throughout the city are offering the shots without charge. Several D.C. churches also will offer free immunizations on Jan. 20.

D.C. Department of Health officials have announced the following list of community clinics where free immunizations are available for D.C. children at the specified times:

•Department of Health Division of Immunization, 1131 Spring Road NW: every Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•D.C. Chartered Health Plan Inc., 3924 Minnesota Ave. SE: every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m.

•Congress Heights Community Health Center, 3720 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE: every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m.

•D.C. Developing Families Center, 801 17th St. NE: Jan. 22 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

•Israel Baptist Church, 1251 Saratoga Ave. NE: Jan. 19 from noon to 3 p.m.

•Reeves Municipal Center, 2000 14th St. NW: every Thursday from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

•Anacostia Community Clinic, 1328 W St. SE: Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

•Hunt Place Community Clinic, 4130 Hunt Place NE: Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

•Southwest Community Clinic, 859 Delaware Ave. SW: Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

•Walker Jones Community Clinic, 1100 First St. NW: Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

•Woodridge Community Clinic, 2146 14th St. NE: Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

•Bancroft Elementary School, 18th and Newton streets NW: Jan. 14 from 8:30-11:30 p.m.

•Cardozo Senior High School, 1300 Clifton St. NW: Jan. 14 from 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

•H.D. Cooke Elementary School, 2525 17th St. NW: Jan. 15 all day.

•Bruce Monroe Elementary School, 3012 Georgia Ave. NW: Jan. 15 all day.

•Tubman Elementary School, 3101 13th St. NW: Jan. 16 all day.

•Lincoln Junior High School, 3101 16th St. NW: Jan. 16 all day.

•Walker Jones Elementary School, 100 L St. NW: Jan. 18 all day.

•Terrell Junior High School, 1000 First St. NW: Jan. 18 all day.

•Garrison Elementary School, 1200 S St. NW: Jan. 22 all day.

•Dunbar Senior High School, 1301 New Jersey Ave. NW: Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Jan. 22 all day.

•Shaw Junior High School, 925 Rhode Island Ave. NW: Jan. 23 all day.

•Jefferson Junior High School, 801 Seventh St. SW: Jan. 23 all day.

•MacFarland Middle School, 4400 Iowa Ave. NW: Jan. 25 all day.

•Roosevelt Senior High School, 4301 13th St. NW: Jan. 25 all day.

•D.C. General Hospital Room 1-164 (Children’s Hospital Pediatric Ambulatory care Center): every Thursday from 4-8 p.m.

•Spingarn Senior High School, 2500 Benning Road NE: Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

•Coolidge Senior High School, 6315 Fifth St. NW: Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

•Phelps career Senior High School, 704 26th St. NE: Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

•Georgetown University Immunization Clinics by appointment only every Monday at 12th and G streets SE, every Wednesday at 1000 Fifth St. SE and every Friday at N and Canal streets SW. Call (202) 784-5437 for more information.

More information about immunization requirements is available by calling 1-800-666-2229.

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