Meningococcal vaccine event set for July 22 at Washoe County Health District

by | Jul 18, 2022

July 18, 2022. Reno/Sparks, Nev. The Washoe County Health District has partnered with Community Health Alliance and Immunize Nevada to provide the meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine to students aged 11-17 at a drive-through event on Friday, July 22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The event will take place at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1001 E. 9th St. in Reno. COVID-19 vaccines will also be available. A parent or legal guardian is required to be there for those aged 11-17.

As of June 30, 2022, the meningococcal vaccine is required for students entering 12th grade at any public, private or charter high school in Nevada. More information from the Washoe County School District is here. Per state law, students entering 7th and 12th grades are required to receive this vaccine; the vaccine for most 12th graders is a booster.

Appointments for the July 22 event and can be made here. A limited number of walk-ins will be accepted but residents are strongly encouraged to make an appointment.

“With the new requirement for all high school seniors to get the meningococcal vaccine booster, we strongly recommend parents take advantage of this opportunity at our drive-through location,” said Kevin Dick, District Health Officer in Washoe County. “If not, make sure to contact your physician or pediatrician as soon as possible. Thank you to Community Health Alliance and Immunize Nevada for partnering with us on this very important event.”

For more information on meningococcal disease and the vaccine, go here.

The Health District and its partners are working to provide more opportunities for the meningococcal and other pediatric vaccines. More information will be provided when the events are finalized. Check out the Washoe County Health District website and Twitter page for updates.

Family Health Festival set for Saturday, July 30

The annual Family Health Festival is also a place where students can get the Meningococcal vaccine, in addition to other back-to-school vaccines and several community resources.

The event is from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, at the Sun Valley Neighborhood Center, 115 W. 6th Ave, Sun Valley. Appointments are not required.

The Washoe County Health District is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through the policy-making Washoe County District Board of Health. The District consists of five divisions: Administrative Health Services, Air Quality Management, Community and Clinical Health Services, Environmental Health Services and Epidemiology & Public Health Preparedness. More info can be found here.