School is just around the corner, and another thing parents need to add to the checklist is to ensure their children’s vaccinations are up to date. Local health departments, such as the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District and the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, offer vaccinations at an inexpensive cost.
In order to attend school, the state requires an up-to-date shot record for those entering Kindergarten, Head Start or pre-school. Seventh grade students are now required to receive Tdap, varicella and meningitis vaccinations to return to school.
In addition, college students under the age of 30 who are entering an institution of higher education are required to receive a meningitis vaccination. Students are encouraged to check with the university or college they will be attending to double-check requirements and when they are to be met.
Log onto the Texas Department of State Health Services website for detailed information on immunization schedules and school vaccination requirements at www.dshs.state.tx.us.
The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District just announced it is offering back-to-school vaccinations with extended hours through Aug. 22. Get necessary vaccinations Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the clinic, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
The health department is located at 850 N. 6thSt. The cost for vaccinations for children 18 and under is $8 per person. You can contact the health department at 325-676-6203 or 325-692-5600.
The Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department has its vaccination clinics on Wednesdays from 8 to 11:30 am. And 1 to 4:30 p.m. Those hours are extended through 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. The cost for vaccines is $6 each. Call the health department at 325-235-5463 for more information.
Be sure to bring your shot record with you when getting your child vaccinations. In addition, most health departments also take Medicaid and CHIP.
Parents should keep in mind that they may also consult their child’s physician regarding vaccinations.