New Immunizations Required for Daycare and School-Age Children - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/1/05

New Immunizations Required for Daycare and School-Age Children

Teachers at Creative Learning Center help kids wash their hands thoroughly. Owner and Director Kathy Sisson says cleanliness is the answer to preventing the spread of germs and disease. Sisson says, "We use gloves for any bodily fluid, diaper changing and we have a four step cleaning process for everything that goes in a child's mouth from toys to mats to table tops and door handles."

The Texas Department of Health is requiring even more protection for all daycare children. "Children, ages two years and older will need the Hepatitis A vaccine. That's brand new to Lubbock County," says Public Health Coordinator Beckie Brawley. Hepatitis A is a very contagious infection of the liver. Brawley says, "Someone who is infected with disease goes to the restroom and doesn't wash their hands and then prepares a meal or a daycare worker picks up toy and it gets in a kid's mouth and that's how they get infected."

New laws require that all daycare children and kids enrolled in early childcare have the Hepatitis A vaccine by September 1, 2005. It's a series of two shots within a six month period and it's that first dose that must be given by September 1, 2005. The vaccine is recommended but not required for those in kindergarten through age eighteen. The law also requires all daycare kids through pre-k to get the Prevnar vaccine to prevent pneumonia. Brawley says, "There was a shortage of the vaccine at one time so there are some babies that maybe did not get all the doses that are needed."

Creative Learning Center and daycares across town will be informing parents of the required shots. Sisson says, "I think it's very important and I'm glad to see it come on board that we do have something to vaccinate against it."

The law is also requiring additional vaccines for school-age children. Those in kindergarten through 11th grade need to get immunized for Hepatitis B. Kindergarten through 5th graders need the Varicella or chicken pox vaccine as well as 7th through 11th graders. School age children must get vaccinated before they enter school. The younger children in day-care must get their shots by September 1, 2005.

The Lubbock Health Department will give your children the required immunizations for $5.00 per child. Medicare and Chip will be accepted and no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Immunizations clinics will be held at the following times.

  • Tuesday, August 2nd 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the South Plains Mall
  • Friday, August 5th 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the South Plains Mall
  • Tuesday, August 9th 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the South Plains Mall

The Health Department will extend its hours the week before school, August 8th-15th to give immunizations. Call (806) 775-2914.

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