STEUBENVILLE - Health Commissioner Patty Reda announced today vaccinations for sixth-grade pupils entering the seventh grade in the fall are available at the city health department.
"All sixth-grade students are required to have a Tdap or tetanus, diptheria and pertussis vaccination prior to the start of the school year. Parents or guardians should check their child's shot record to make sure it is updated. Tdap vaccine can be administered at the health department or at the child's doctor's office," she said.
Reda said the childhood and adult immunization clinics are to be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursdays only.
"A parent or legal guardian must accompany a child before any immunizations will be administered," said Reda. "However there will be no immunization clinic this Thursday."
According to Reda, "a record of prior immunizations must be provided before the immunizations will be administered."
"We now have Zostavax, or the shingles shot, available at the city health department. Anyone who has questions about the shingles shot can call the nursing division at (740) 283-6000, extension 1506," noted Reda.
She added blood pressure screenings and TB skin testing will be offered at the city health department from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. every Tuesday in May.
"Sexually transmitted disease testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia for Steubenville male residents is by appointment only. To schedule a test, call (740) 283-6000, extension 1506," said Reda.
Reda said the HIV screening clinic will be available at the health department on May 23. Walk-in appointments are welcome. Interested persons should call (740) 283-6000, extensions 1503, 1504 or 1505, to schedule an appointment. Due to the nature of the program no phone calls will be returned. The screening is free and anonymous.
The health department will be closed on May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.
The city health department is located at 119 S. Third St.