Boone Co. health officials offer free vaccines for students

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is offering free vaccines to students Tuesday. Students can receive the Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diptheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough. They can also get the vaccine for meningitis and the human papilloma virus (HPV). 

Vaccines are available free of charge to students from ages 11 to 26. Students can get the vaccines at the clinic located at 1005 West Worley in Columbia from 5 to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

In July, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill that would require students attending Missouri's public colleges and universities and living in on-campus housing to get vaccinated against meningitis starting July 1, 2015. Students will not be required to get the vaccine if they have a medical or religious exemption.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is providing the vaccine while supplies last. 

More informations on the vaccines can be found on the immunization website. In addition to the three vaccines being offered on Tuesday, you can also select from 25 other vaccines to learn about.