RIPLEY - On Saturday, July 13, Aiming for Healthy Families Inc. (AFHF) and Ripley Health Care Associates will hold the Tippah County Sixth and Seventh Grade Back to School Health Fair at Ripley Healthcare Associates. 

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., students can come and receive a health screening, Tdap vaccination and fill out a 121 Form as well. Tdap vaccinations are usually given to kids around the ages of 11 or 12 to protect against three diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. 121 Forms are required for students before registering for the seventh grade. The health fair will end at noon.

"This is a great opportunity for parents to get a jump start on the new school year," said North Mississippi Primary Healthcare Family Nurse Practitioner Christina Nunnally. "Students can get the required vaccination and the form needed to register for school at the same time."

Students must have a parent or guardian present as well as proof of identification and insurance card. Those in attendance will also receive free backpacks full of school supplies as long as the supplies last. 

Another benefit of attending the health fair is that multiple community organizations will have information that is appropriate for the students, ranging from activities during the school year to health information.

One of those organizations will be Youth RISE. The Youth RISE program is administered by the AFHF and serves both Tippah and Alcorn County students and parents on the risks of sexual activity such as teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

No pre-registration is required to attend. Ripley Healthcare Associates is located at 749 Line Street.

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