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Free vaccination clinic in Cass County

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■ Listening session and survey set for Cass County

Cass County Health, Human and Veterans Services - Public Health will host a listening session with the community about creating a vision and planning for healthier communities. The Cass County community is invited to come and share future visions of what a healthier community could be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 20 at the Cass County Government Center Meeting Room located at 218 Washburn Ave. E, Backus.

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Cass County Health, Human and Veterans Services-Public Health as a Local Public Health Agency is responsible for assessing the health needs of the community and engaging the community in the process of mobilizing change for a healthier community. After input, key community health issues will be identified and a community health improvement plan will be established through partnerships and collaboration.

For further information on the listening session, please contact Cass County Public Health at 218-547-1340 ext. 201 or visit www.co.cass.mn.us.

■ Free vaccination clinic

in Cass County

WALKER — Cass County Public Health will offer a free vaccination opportunity for all Cass County students currently in grades six-12.

This opportunity is being made available due to immunization law changes that will go into effect Sept. 1. Parents or guardians will need to be present to consent for the vaccinations.

This mass vaccination exercise is available through the Cass County Public Health emergency preparedness plan and the Minnesota Department of Health.

The clinics will be held Monday, March 24, at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School from 3-7:30 p.m. (use Commons entrance), and again 3-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 at the Pine River Backus School (use back parking lot entrance to Commons area).

Two vaccines will be available, Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and Meningococcal vaccines. All students entering grades 7 are required to be vaccinated with Tdap as well as Meningococcal by the Minnesota school law by Sept. 1. Students entering eighth through 12th grade must show documentation if the school requests it.

Preteens should receive a single shot of Meningococcal vaccine during their 11-12-year-old check-up and a booster dose at age 16 years.

Please direct any questions to Jeri Seegmiller, PHN County Team Lead at 218-547-1340, ext. 223.

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