Central Shenandoah Health District Encourages Getting Back to School Immunizations Now

May 5, 2023

Media Contact:
Linda Scarborough, PIO – Western Region, linda.scarborough@vdh.virginia.gov
Laura Lee Wight, Population Health Manager, laura.wight@vdh.virginia.gov

Central Shenandoah Health District Encourages
Getting Back to School Immunizations Now

STAUNTON, Va — The Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) is urging all parents or guardians of school-age children to schedule an appointment for immunizations to ensure vaccines are up to date in advance of the start of school in August 2023.

“Due to the traditional rush to get vaccinations during late summer, the Central Shenandoah Health District is encouraging everyone with school-age children to make those appointments now to get the necessary vaccines, said Dr. Elaine Perry, Interim District Health Director. “Keeping your children up to date on vaccines helps to keep them safe from potentially life-threatening diseases. Vaccines are important to help provide immunity, so we are recommending parents act now to ensure their children are up to date on many of the vaccines that are required to return to school.”

Vaccines are available at many pediatrician’s and family physician’s offices, as well as at local pharmacies. They are often available at no cost through health insurance benefits.

For children without health insurance or who are not able to receive their vaccines through their primary care provider, school immunization clinics are being offered at the following locations.

Appointments can be made by calling the local health department at the following numbers:

  • Harrisonburg-Rockingham Health Department: 540-574-5101
  • Staunton-Augusta Health Department: 540-332-7830
  • Lexington-Rockbridge Health Department: 540-463-3185
  • Bath County Health Department: 540-839-7246
  • Highland County Health Department: 540-468-2270

Appointments can be scheduled during the following times:

Harrisonburg-Rockingham School Immunization Clinics:
Wednesdays from 12:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Thursdays from 8:15 – 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Staunton-Augusta School Immunization Clinics:
First and Third Mondays from 8:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Second and Fourth Thursdays
from 8:15 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Lexington-Rockbridge School Immunization Clinics
First and Third Thursdays
(by appointment only – 540-463-3185)

Bath County School Immunization Clinics
By appointment only – 540-839-7246

Highland County School Immunization Clinics
By appointment only – 540-468-2270

Children will be able to receive vaccines regardless of insurance status, but if your child does have health insurance, please bring a copy of the insurance card.

For more information on school immunizations in Virginia, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/immunization/requirements/. For updated information from CSHD, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/central-shenandoah/.