Getting Your Kids Immunized - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/15/03

Getting Your Kids Immunized

Did you know Texas ranks 45th in its immunization rates for kids? Even though it is a state law that kids need to be up to date on their vaccinations before they can get in to school.

LISD officials are taking that law seriously and say dozens of kids may not be allowed to attend the first day of school without proper vaccinations. So, the health department was wall to wall kids on Thursday waiting for their shots, trying to beat the Monday deadline, which is the first day of school.

Here is what is required:

  • Kids under five: a Tetanus and Diptheria or TD shot, Polio, MMR, and Chicken Pox vaccines
  • Ages 11 - 13: required to receive Hepatitis B and a second MMR vaccine
  • Ages 14 - 18: required to receive a TD Booster if one is needed

School nurse Jane Tusten says the classroom is a breeding ground for illnesses.

"They're in closed environments in the classroom, especially in the winter, I mean when you think of the cold, flu, and all the other respiratory illnesses that we have in the wintertime. Because kids are even more closely together then the opportunity for infection to spread is greater. It's more important to have your kids immunized to protect them from the diseases that are out there and to provide them that level of protection," says Tusten.

Lubbock Health Department
19th and Texas Ave
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Immunizations - $5
Bring shot record

Kids can still be immunized at the health department on Friday for $5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. That clinic is at the corner of 19th St. and Texas.

If you miss your chance on Friday at the health department, you'll need to go to a private doctor or clinic to meet the Monday deadline. Be sure to bring your shot record so that can be updated for school.

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