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July 28, 2017

CDPH Reminds Parents to Ensure Children’s Immunizations are Current Before Classes Begin

2017-2018 health requirements for children and teens attending CPS

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated before the start of the school year in September. The back-to-school immunization program features a bilingual public education campaign and vaccines with no out-of-pocket cost at locations across the city.
CDPH’s goal is to get all Chicago’s students up to date when entering school.  Through the CPDH back-to-school immunization program, the Department has provided more than 500,000 vaccinations to Chicago students.
“Vaccines are among the most important tools parents can use to protect their children from serious diseases,” said CDPH Commissioner Julie Morita, MD. “Immunizing your children will protect them from dangerous illnesses and keep them healthy so they can reach their full potential at school.”
This is the 19th year of the CDPH back-to-school immunization campaign. Public education announcements in English and Spanish will be placed in CTA “L” trains, bus shelters and digital billboards across Chicago that direct parents to resources that will help ensure their children are protected against vaccine-preventable illnesses. As part of the campaign, CDPH will also provide vaccines at no out-of-pocket cost to residents at parks, schools and other community locations across the city.
“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is proud to continue our long partnership with CDPH in bringing immunization services right where children need them with our mobile immunization van,” said Clarita Santos, Executive Director Community Health Initiatives, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. “And this year is especially exciting - for the first time have a wheelchair accessible Care Van to make it easier for children of all abilities to get the immunizations they need.”
Among this year’s minimum health requirements for students in Illinois are the meningococcal conjugate (MCV4) and tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) vaccines. One dose of Tdap vaccine is required for students entering 6th through 12th grade. One dose of the MCV4 vaccine is required for students entering 6th through 8th grade and two doses of the MCV4 vaccine are required for students entering 12th grade (unless the first dose was administered at 16 years of age or older).
CDPH’s Immunization program works to increase vaccine coverage levels throughout the City. The program focuses on neighborhoods and communities that face the greatest health disparities as part of Healthy Chicago 2.0, a plan focused on ensuring residents enjoy equitable access to resources, opportunities and environments that maximize their health and well-being.
For more information on CDPH back-to-school immunizations, visit
Back-to-School Free Vaccination Clinics
Saturday, July 29

Englewood Community Health Fair, 400 W. 76th St., 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 5

St. Mary of Nazareth, 2233 W. Division St., 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
New Life Covenant Church, 5100 W Diversey Ave., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Way of Life Church, 4635 W. Fulton St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, August 6

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 6248 S. Stewart Ave., 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, August 12

Moos Elementary School, 1711 N. California Ave., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. Gall Health Fair, 5500 S. Kedzie St., 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Saturday, August 19

Fuller Park, 331 W. 45th St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Roosevelt High School, 3436 W. Wilson Ave., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Congressman Danny Davis Back to School Parade Columbus Park, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Schubert Elementary School, 2727 N. Long Ave., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, August 26

Marshall High School, 3240 W. Jackson Blvd. ,10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.