FORT RUCKER, Ala. (July 18, 2013) -- Although summer vacation is still in full swing, the Lyster Army Health Clinic Immunization Clinic is asking parents to start thinking about their child's immunizations a little earlier this year.

Each year, newly enrolled school-age children must turn in an immunization certificate, also known as a blue card, to their school before the start of the academic year.

Normally, parents bring children in for immunizations, and their blue card, one to two weeks before school starts. This year, however, Lyster staff would like to see children even earlier so blue cards can be completed on time. This measure will help counteract the degradation in services due to the furlough.

"Turnaround time for blue cards may take up to 72 hours this year, so we encourage all parents to bring their children in earlier, so there is no risk of them being turned away on the first day of school," said Lt. Col. Samuel Jones, immunization clinic chief.

Blue cards can be processed quicker when parents bring in all shot records to more accurately complete the blue card request form.

Staffing will be at a minimum during lunch hours, and parents are encouraged to plan ahead and come early.

For more information, call the immunization clinic at 255-7754.

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