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Time for immunizations as Metro school year starts in 3 weeks

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

This isn't what kids want to hear, but summer vacation is quickly winding down. Metro Nashville students head back to class a little more than three weeks away on Aug. 1.

That means kids need all their back-to-school shots.

State law requires two additional immunizations for seventh graders, and last year more than 3,000 Metro seventh graders - or about half of the students in that grade across the city - began school without proof that their shots were up to date.

While having that paperwork is important, doctors say it's about more than that.

"It's about getting these children enrolled in what we like to call the medical home. If we can find a place where these children can come, have their check-up and see the same pediatrician or provider every time, they're much more likely to - No. 1 - get their shots, to get the follow-up booster shots and to get a better quality care experience going forward," said Dr. Robert Lillard, medical director at Cumberland Pediatrics.

This is "immunization week" in Metro, so families in Davidson County who have a seventh grader can bring their updated immunization certificate to the Lentz Health Center this week for a free backpack with school supplies.

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