Columbus Public Health is sending out a reminder that vaccinations are required for students heading back to school.

Health officials, in a news release sent Aug. 13, said vaccinations are safe and effective for preventing illnesses.

Required school vaccinations are:

• Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as Tdap

• Polio

• Hepatitis B

• Measles, mumps and rubella, commonly known as MMR

• Varicella (chickenpox) or written history that the child had chickenpox

• Meningococcal

These are a series of shots, and children need the entire series to be fully protected, officials said in the release.

Vaccinations are available at health-care providers, public health clinics and retail pharmacy outlets, officials said.

Columbus Public Health has an immunization clinic at 240 Parsons Ave. that will have extended hours during the back-to-school rush.

For more information, call the health agency at 614-645-7945 or a school nurse.