A new school year is getting started, with Wichita youngsters returning to class on Wednesday, and Sedgwick County health officials are reminding parents to make sure their children have the required vaccinations.

County health director Adrienne Byrne said the state has modified the vaccinations for the 2019-2020 school year to include Hepatitis A and meningococcal vaccinations, which have always been on a recommended list, along with flu, measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox.

Byrne said it’s best for students to be up-to-date on their vaccinations before the school year begins, but the Wichita school district has a grace period that runs through October 17th.   Students who don’t have the needed vaccinations will not be allowed in class after that date unless they provide their exclusions or a card showing that they have had the vaccinations.

The health department provides vaccinations Monday through Friday.   On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays there are walk-ins from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and appointments from noon to 5 p.m.   On Thursdays there are appointments from noon until 6:30 p.m.

For more information, you can check the health department’s web page at www.sedgwickcounty.org or call the health department at 660-7300.