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August 04, 2006|by JUDI DOMINGUEZ

Salem Avenue celebrates grand reopening

Salem Avenue Elementary School will celebrate its grand reopening on Monday, Aug. 21. After two years of renovations and new construction, the 53-year-old school was completely renovated, adding a new gym, cafeteria, media center, office suite and classrooms.

The doors will be open to current students, alumni and neighbors to see the "new" Salem Avenue Elementary School from 6 to 8 that evening. Some of the planned activities include tours of the new building and meeting the current staff, as well as video and picture presentations of the renovation process.

National Immunization Month

August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the lifespan, from infants to the elderly.

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NIAM is a great way to rally local organizations in your immunization education efforts. With parents enrolling their younger children for school, young adults entering college and health care workers preparing for the upcoming flu season, August is the perfect time to be reminding family, friends, co-workers, and those in the community to catch up on their vaccinations.

Maryland school immunization requirements for preschool through ninth grade have changed for 2006-2007.

Beginning in September:

1. Students in preschool through ninth grade must show proof of Hepatitis B vaccination.

2. Students in those grades need to show proof of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccination or have a doctor's documentation the child has had chickenpox.

3. Students in preschool MUST show proof of pneumococcal (PCV7) vaccination.

If you are unsure if your child needs any of these, call your doctor now. Without the required immunizations, children may be excluded from school.

Please don't delay - immunize by Sept. 15.

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