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Back To School Check List Should Include Immunizations

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - One thing you may still need to check off your back to school list is immunizations. 

Several vaccines are required for students to start the school year. 

A pertussis, or whooping cough, outbreak sickened thousands across Washington last winter including hundreds in the Tri-Cities and Yakima areas. That's one of many illnesses that can be avoided with immunizations.

"We still get a few cases reported to us so we know its out there. We know its still in the community. Pretty low levels in comparison to last year. but we can't let our guard down, that's the problem," said Heather Hill with the Benton-Franklin Health District.

Scheduling an appointment early for immunizations is a good idea. Health care providers get much busier as we get closer to the first day of school.