It may not be your child's favorite back to school activity, but getting immunized is vital. "They must have had their immunizations before the first day of school." Beckie Brawley is the Public Health Coordinator for the City of Lubbock Health Department. She says immunizations help kids stay healthy and prevent the spread of disease. " It prevents them from getting the vaccine preventable diseases that we're immunizing against."
The grade your child is going into will determine what shots are necessary. Brawley says, "If they're going into preschool, kindergarten or Headstart, they must have had a DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), a Polio, a MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), since their fourth birthday and they must have also had a Varicella (Chicken Pox) if they have not had the disease."
Brawley adds its especially important for college students to keep their shots updated. "It's just smart to get immunized before you go to college because college students live so close together." College students need the following shots. Measles, Mumps and Rubella or MMR, Tetanus and it's recommended they get immunized against Bacterial Meningitis.
The City of Lubbock is offering several back to school immunization clinics for children ages 2 months to eighteen years.
Clinics are also held at the City of Lubbock Health Department, located at 1902 Texas. Call (806)775-2933.
Don't forget to bring a complete shot record or your child will not be immunized. Brawley says,"We have to know that so we can get an appropriate immunization not too close together because if you get one too close together it's going to have to be repeated."
Immunizations are $5 per child, however no one will be turned away. Medicaid is accepted.