Don’t Forget To Include Immunizations on Back-to-School Checklists
GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas –While the items on back-to-school checklists can vary from school to school and student to student, something that should be included on each and every list are immunizations. The Galveston County Health District (GCHD) reminds parents that state law requires Texas students to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
“Making sure your child is up-to-date with immunizations is an important part of every back-to-school routine,” said Galveston County Chief Nursing Officer Eileen Dawley. “On-time immunizations are a safe and effective way for parents to help protect their children from potentially life-threatening vaccine-preventable diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox.”
The back-to-school season is the busiest time of year for GCHD’s immunization clinics. August is also National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual opportunity to highlight the value of being vaccinated against infectious diseases.
“While vaccine-preventable childhood diseases in the United States have reached record or near record lows, they have not disappeared,” Dawley continued. “Many of the viruses and bacteria are still circulating in this country or are only a plane ride away.”
As part of National Immunization Awareness Month, GCHD will again conduct Kids Health Fest. The mission of the event is to vaccinate eligible children in time for the start of the new school year. Educational exhibits and activities will be available for children and adults. Kids Health Fest will take place on weekdays in August from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with hours extended until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. The event will be located at the GCHD Immunization Clinic in the Mid-County Annex at 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B-104 in Texas City.
In order to receive vaccinations, parents should bring their child’s immunization record with them to the clinic. For children already in ImmTrac, the state’s electronic immunization registry, a parent simply needs to provide their child’s name and date of birth to verify needed immunizations. If a parent does not have a paper record, they will be given the opportunity to enroll their child in ImmTrac, which makes their immunization electronically records available in the future.
For those who are eligible, children’s state-supplied vaccines are $14 for the first vaccine and $25 for two or more. Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield are accepted. Please don’t forget to bring insurance cards. Cash, check, debit and credit cards are accepted. Cash prices are available for self-pay. Meningitis vaccine is also available for $125.
For immunization eligibility requirements and additional information, including the latest Texas student vaccine requirements, call (409) 938-2244 or visit www.gchd.org.
WHAT: Kids Health Fest (GCHD Back-to-School Immunization event)
WHEN: Weekdays in August from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (hours extended until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays)
WHERE: GCHD Immunization Clinic, 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B-104 in Texas City
INFO: (409) 938-2244 or www.gchd.org