The Franklin County Health Department will conduct an immunization clinic for current students in seventh grade and 11th grade Wednesday, March 21, at Washington High School.

The health department will offer Menactra and/or Tdap vaccines that are required by law. Gardasil and flu vaccines also will be offered.

In order to participate, preregistration is required.

School officials said a letter and consent form will be sent home with seventh-grade students and 11th-grade students this week.

All consent forms must be returned to the school nurse by March 1. Without this piece of information, the health department will not be able to vaccinate the student.

There also will be forms available at the middle school and high school nurses offices.

Additionally, 12th-grade students who may have not received the required immunizations also can register for the clinic.

The Washington School Board approved a memorandum of understanding with the health department at its December meeting.

School officials said the clinic is a proactive approach to obtain immunization record compliance for a population that is typically difficult to obtain.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer said the clinic is “totally voluntary” and she expects parents to like the convenience of it.

For more information, call the nurses offices at the high school and middle school.

Students who participate in the clinic would meet the immunization requirements for the fall semester.

The health department piloted a school-based immunization program with several school districts this past fall. The goals of the clinic were to decrease absenteeism by keeping kids healthy and in school; provide safe and convenient immunizations; prevent the spread of disease; and remove barriers from receiving vaccines.