FORT RUCKER, Ala. (July 24, 2014) -- Although summer vacation is still in full swing, the Lyster Army Health Clinic Immunization Clinic staff is asking parents to start thinking about their child's immunizations a little earlier this year.

Each year, newly enrolled school-age children's parents must turn in an immunization certificate, also known as a Blue Card, to their school before the start of the academic year. This Blue Card is proof that their child is current on all required immunizations by the Alabama School Board. Without this card, parents can be told that their child cannot attend school until it is presented.

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.

"Turnaround time for Blue Cards may take up to 72 hours, 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, deputy commander for nursing.

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. Immunization clinic hours of operation for vaccines are Mondays-Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call 255-7754.

Page last updated Thu July 24th, 2014 at 11:39